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Sports Round up In other Oldham Hockey Club news....


Under the direction of new manager, Christopher Dean, and recognising that their position is safe in Division 2 of the North Women’s Hockey League, Oldham Women’s 1st XI have been experimenting with a new formation and system of play. Results have been mixed so far however they are now starting to settle and adapt with next season very much in the forefront of their minds. Captain for the 2016-17 season has been Daisy Ward.


Fighting relegation from Division I of the Greater Manchester League, Oldham Women’s 2nd XI are starting to produce the results that Captain, Lisa Staniland, always knew they were capable of. Wins against Didsbury Northern 4s, and City of Manchester 1s, coupled with a draw against Manchester Manto have given the team a renewed sense of belief with two games left of the season.


Lauren Bates will lead her team into their final three games in Division 3 of the Greater Manchester League. Recent mixed results have left Oldham’s 3rd XI in seventh position with four points a game in hand on their nearest rival, Manchester University 4s.


Oldham Hockey Rebecca Blair


Oldham U15s improved dramatically each game during the Greater Manchester Tournament held at the Armitage Centre in Manchester last weekend. Regan Lord was again the leading goal scorer, her best coming in the final game of the day against Didsbury Northern. Skilfully bypassing two Didsbury players, Regan made a powerful shot on goal from the very edge of the D, successfully finding the back of the Didsbury net. Faye Rimmer, making her goal keeping debut, performed some courageous saves, some at head height. A good team performance combined with strong tackling and defensive efforts from Poppy Shepherdson and a determined midfield performance from Holly McMillan ensured that the final score was kept to a respectable 2-1 victory for Didsbury.


The newly formed Oldham Men’s section have been enjoying some indoor training, sharpening their skills on the much quicker surface. They are looking for players to join them and no experience is necessary. Equipment can be borrowed from the club. Training is 6.30-7.30pm every Thursday at Newman College, Broadway, Chadderton.


Oldham Hockey Louise Howard


Oldham will be recruiting males and females from aged 7 upwards throughout the year. To get involved, please email: info@oldhamhockey.org.uk


Oldham Athletic players visit local homelessness charity Players and staff from Oldham Athletic Football Club (OAFC) have visited local charity Emmaus Mossley to


learn more about their support for homeless people in the community.


On Tuesday 21 February, OAFC players Charles Dunne, Chris Kettings, Michael Ngoo and Chris Taylor, together with staff members from Oldham Athletic Community Trust (OACT) visited Longlands Mill, home to Emmaus Mossley. The players and staff had a tour of the community and social enterprise, met with companions – formerly homeless people who live and work at Emmaus – and made a donation of items to support the work of the charity.


Paul Barnes, a companion at Emmaus Mossley, shared his experience of living on the streets and explained how he has benefitted from being part of the Emmaus community.Paul said: “It was good to share my personal story of homelessness and explain more about the varied work that goes on at Emmaus Mossley. We also explained to the group how we help others less fortunate than ourselves through acts of solidarity.”


Emmaus Mossley supports 26 formerly homeless people by providing them with a home and work in a community setting. The charity runs a social enterprise in Mossley, selling donated and upcycled furniture, household goods, clothes, bric-a-brac and vintage wares


Wendy Noble, OACT Operations Manager, added: “It was an amazing experience to visit Emmaus and witness first-hand the unbelievable work that they do. Everyone connected with this wonderful charity are an inspiration and we were all blown away by their commitment and drive for helping others.”


Player Charles Dunne commented: “My visit to Emmaus Mossley was a huge eye-opener. I found it amazing how the whole community gets together and works together. Even though Emmaus is a charity, some of the items they receive they then give on to others who need it most. The thing that intrigued me was how resourceful it was. Fixing broken items to sell them on and using what skills people have to help each other. The two companions I met who told me about their experiences and what they have been through should be very proud of themselves. I couldn’t believe how much Emmaus Mossley has helped to turn their lives around. I will definitely be visiting again and I personally think more players, young and old, should visit.” Goalkeeper Kettings added: “It was a humbling experience it really put things into perspective.”


The visit to Emmaus Mossley was part of Oldham Athletics’ outreach work in the community. Using the power of football, Oldham Athletic Community Trust works in partnership with its local community to provide positive opportunities through sport to inspire the local community.


Harry Barlow, Community Leader at Emmaus Mossley, said: “It was great to welcome guests from the club I have supported from a young age to the community and charity I am now a part of. We are looking forward to future partnerships with Oldham Athletic and feel proud that they are able to support our work.”


To find out more or support Emmaus Mossley head to www.emmaus.org.uk/mossley. If you would like to get involved or donate an item, please call 01457 838608 or visit the store at Longlands Mill, Queen Street, Mossley OL5 9AH.


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