Junior Latics Christmas Party:
The Oldham Athletic first team squad joined 90 Junior Latics to enjoy the OAFC Christmas Bowling Party.
A great night was had by everyone as the party returned for the first time after a two-year absence.
It was truly heart-warming to see so many young Oldham supporters in their shirts turn up and have a great night with the players ahead of the Christmas holidays!
Manager David Unsworth and the first team squad, along with CEO Darren Royle and Director Luke Rothwell were all in attendance.
We would like to thank everyone who attend the event for making it such a great night and an amazing way to rejuvenate the Junior Latics Scheme.
More details of the new look Junior Latics will be released ahead of the 2023/24 season.
We would also like to thank all the players for attending, as well as all the Oldham Athletic and Oldham Athletic Community Trust staff who helped pull the event together and run it on the night.
Latics Hospital Visit:
Players from the Latics have paid a Christmas visit to children at the Royal Oldham Hospital.
Supporting Oldham Royal Hospital, Oldham Care Organisation, and The NorthCare Charity, Oldham Athletic and Oldham Athletic Community Trust visited the Children’s Ward based in the Lucy Pugh Building at the Royal Oldham Hospital to spread some festive cheer this Christmas.
Oldham Care Organisation and NorthCare Charity are part of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust, who provide hospital and community services to Oldham and across Greater Manchester.
Liam Hogan, Peter Clarke, John Rooney, Ben Tollitt and Nathan Sheron all took time out of their day to say hello to the children at the hospital and to hand out some presents!
Chaddy the Owl also flew in to say hello, alongside CEO Darren Royle, Football Operations Coordinator Sue Bowskill and Callum Irving from OACT.
Karen Casper, Fundraising Officer at NorthCare Charity said: “We’d like to thank Oldham Athletic staff, players and Chaddy the Owl for visiting the children’s ward at the Royal Oldham Hospital.
“The joy the visit brought to the children, families, and staff was wonderful. The lovely gifts for the patients really did put a smile on their faces. The visit made a real difference to the wellbeing of our patients and staff and NorthCare is looking forward to working together with the Club on future projects.“
All of our Oldham Athletic Christmas Appeals:
Over the festive period, Oldham Athletic and Oldham Athletic Community Trust have worked hard to ensure people of Oldham have been supported during these tough times. We hosted 3 appeals which included a food appeal, warm clothing appeal and Chirstmas toy appeal.
For the Food Appeal, over 10,000 food items where donated to us through dedicated matchdays asking fans to donate what they could as they arrived at Boundary Park to watch the matches leading up to christmas, as well as working with schools such as Newman RC College, Royton & Crompton E-act Academy, Bluecoat and Crompton House.
Just before OACT shut for Christmas, we delivered food hampers to elderly residents in Oldham with Royton & Crompton which you can read all about HERE
For the Toy Appeal an estimated £5,000 worth of toys were collected in total before being donated to the Salvation Army, Oldham, who will work with over 300 families that will face a tough Christmas this year as the cost of living crisis worsens.
Martin Vose, from the Oldham Athletic Community Trust, commented: “When we first launched the toy appeal we were unsure of just how it would go, however we have been completely blown away by the support and the sheer number of toys that we were able to collect and then donate.
"I would like to include a special thank you to Sinco Creations, Holy Trinity Shaw, St Marys High Crompton & St James Thornham church, James & Sue Schofield and Matt & the team within the Oldham Athletic Club Shop for going above & beyond in their support of this initiative.
"With the Toy Appeal now complete our attention now moves to looking ahead, come January as a team we will be again working with key local partners to pledge as much support as possible to those in need within our communities”
The toy appeal formed part of a series of support launched by the club, with more information available here.
For the warm clothing appeal, we worked closely with Apple Green Ltd who supplied us with BRAND NEW clothes to help those who needed them the most over the cold winter period. Oldham Athletic Supporter Chris Leach who manages Apple Green Ltd has been a huge support for this campaign allowing us to support communities who needed the help.
John Connolly, another life long Latics supporter, also supported OACT this winter with his own fundraiser.
John Connelly arrived at Boundary Park today so we could thank him for all his effort during his fundraiser!— Oldham Athletic Community Trust (OACT) (@OfficialOACT) December 11, 2022
Please help him complete his fundraiser today by donating to his bucket collection at the game!https://t.co/iupJHhOOJf#OACT | #OAFC | @OfficialOAFC pic.twitter.com/Mx3t4vL3S9
John finished a mammoth 30-day fundraiser completing a run of 200 miles across 30 days. All money raised will be donated for the community of Oldham which will be split three ways.
- Christmas Presents for the less fortunate
- Oldham Foodbank
- Local Grassroots Football
You can read about John’s fundraiser from original story.
The 200-mile distance is equivalent between John’s home in Thetford and Boundary Park.
In the lead up to Christmas, Chaddy the Owl visited local schools to say hello to pupils at St Annes Greenacres and Horton Mill! You can check out the highlights on the tweet below!
Keith Hicks Sporting Memories:
Former Oldham Athletic Defender Keith Hicks, who played 242 times for the Latics, hosted a Sporting Memories session at Trinity House assisted living care home!
Keith discussed all things about his time at Oldham, as well as his career in football and after football too!
The visit was a great event, with residents having an amazing time talking to keith and reminisicing back on the good old days!
Earlier this week, Keith Hicks visited Trinity House to host a sporting memories session!— Oldham Athletic Community Trust (OACT) (@OfficialOACT) December 2, 2022
Check out some highlights from the visit below ⬇️ #OACT | #OAFC | @OfficialOAFC https://t.co/WXnySOcL20 pic.twitter.com/3hQUExe5KZ
Play On The Pitch:
Our last Play on The Pitch of 2022 came around as Hey With Zion took on Mills Hill at Boundary Park! We would like to say a massive thank you to Oldham Athletic for allowing us to provide children with this opportunity!
🏟️ Play On The Pitch - @HeywithZion and @MillsHillSchool— Oldham Athletic Community Trust (OACT) (@OfficialOACT) December 12, 2022
Yesterday was our final Play On The Pitch of 2022!
Check out the full highlights here 👉 https://t.co/uOzPuftKnY#OACT | #OAFC pic.twitter.com/rhXpFho53W