Roughyeds & Regenda Link Up

Date published: Monday, November 19, 2012
AS a key element of its extensive community programme, Oldham Rugby League Club is working closely with The Regenda Group on the North-West housing provider’s ambitious £5 million plan to transform the Limehurst estate adjacent to the club’s Whitebank Stadium.
The ten-year plan for Limehurst Village is supported by Regenda residents and partner agencies across Oldham, including the town’s professional rugby league club which moved into the area and set up base at Whitebank in May, 2010.
Regenda’s ‘Limehurst Vision’ addresses a wide range of projects, from the development of new affordable homes to protecting and enhancing the Village’s green spaces and to improving  the skills, training and opportunities available to residents.
As part of the plan, Regenda residents will be encouraged to be more active; will be provided with opportunities to gain sporting accreditation including coaching, leadership and volunteering qualifications; and will get improved access to local sporting facilities.
Bill Lovat, Regional Director, said: “Regenda are committed to building successful and healthy neighbourhoods and we know we can achieve more by working with established local community partners, such as Oldham RLFC.
“The club is based close to our regional office and is one of our network of agencies which is supporting Limehurst Village.
“The rugby league club is a natural partner for what we want to achieve as part of our ten-year vision for the neighbourhood.
“We are jointly launching a healthy lifestyle project which will help people of all ages to improve their well being and to take advantage of work experience and employment opportunities linked to the work of the club.
“This represents an exciting part of our partnership for Regenda in Limehurst and we are looking forward to the work ahead.”
The Roughyeds recently assisted local enthusiasts to set up Limehurst Lions, a new junior rugby league club in the area for boys and girls aged 6 to 11.
They train at the Whitebank Stadium, receive coaching by the Roughyeds’ players and are forming close ties with the club’s supporters’ group ORSA (Oldham Roughyeds’ Supporters’ Association).
The Lions and ORSA will have a joint Christmas party for children at Whitebank on Saturday, December 15 and a similar event at the same venue on New Year’s Eve.
Said Oldham RLFC chairman Chris Hamilton: “From the first day we arrived at Whitebank it has been our clearly-stated intention to become a major part of the local community in and around Limehurst Village.
“We have undertaken a lot of work with different partners, including Regenda who have warmly welcomed our involvement and have been extremely pro-active in encouraging and establishing our partnership.
“Regenda’s vision for Limehurst provides a focus for everybody in the local community, including partners such as ourselves. We were delighted to assist when Regenda invited us to be part of the working party which helped to put together the basis of the ten-year neighbourhood plan.
“We look forward to working with Regenda to further underline our commitment to the local area.”