Rolling up sleeves

Date published: Monday, April 12, 2010

ROUGHYEDS fans are rolling up their sleeves and getting out their overalls to tackle the vast amount of work that needs to be done at the White Bank Stadium in readiness for the club’s first game there.

A working party toiled for many hours on Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday, but the amount of work that can be done on Saturdays and Sundays is generally limited because of the Roughyeds games on Sundays and Oldham Boro FC’s games on Saturdays on the occasions they are at home.

They were at home last Saturday and they will be at White Bank again this coming Saturday, but the work on the ground and the surrounding areas must be completed as quickly as possible so the tasks are also being undertaken by fans and friends of the club who are available on weekdays.

The club wishes to publicly thank those supporters who have already given of their time, expertise and elbow grease and wishes to point out that it would warmly welcome the assistance of more volunteers.

There is a vast amount of work to be done and the tasks to be undertaken are many and varied, ranging from painting to tree-chopping and from cleaning to general clearing up in a lot of areas within the complex that need attention.

THE CLUB DOES MAKE ONE STIPULATION, HOWEVER. IF YOU ARE ABLE AND WILLING TO HELP PLEASE RING THE CLUB FIRST ON 0161 628 3677 SO THAT THE CLUB CAN MONITOR NUMBERS AND DISCUSS WITH YOU WHAT SORT OF TASKS YOU ARE ABLE TO UNDERTAKE AND WHETHER YOU HAVE SPECIFIC SKILLS WHICH CAN BE PUT TO SPECIFIC USE.

A spokesperson for the club said: “We have had a lot of help already and on behalf of the club we would like to record our appreciation of all that has been done and all that is currently being done by supporters in order to help out and to speed up the process.

“We would particularly welcome the assistance of anyone who can give us a few hours during week days or anyone who might have specific skills, but if you havn’t please don’t think your services would not be welcomed or appreciated. There are tasks for everyone. We would welcome it though if you ring in first rather than just turn up at the ground unexpectedly.”

The club has already made it known that it has provisionally pencilled in Sunday, May 9, when York City Knights are scheduled to visit, for the first game at White Bank but that date is also earmarked for a round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup so much will depend on our result at Hunslet this Sunday and, if appropriate, how the draw for the next round works out.

In the meantime the club is taking applications for the posts of safety stewards at the stadium and anyone interested should contact our Ground Safety Officer Philip Black on pjb.gso.orlfc@googlemail.com or ring the club on 0161 628 3677.