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Community Player Engagement Continues To Be A Success

10 December 2020


Community Player Engagement Continues To Be A Success

10 December 2020

Recently, Oldham Athletic Community Trust have been working closely with the First Team to provide unique opportunities across the community.

Last week Oldham Athletic player Dylan Bahamboula visited students, in a digital manner, from Newman RC College as part of the Oldham Athletic Community Trust (OACT) community delivery. 

Dylan spent time with two year 10 classes who were studying French as part of their GCSE's. The visit allowed students the opportunity to test their French skills on Dylan as they asked him about his life and how he is enjoying England so far. 

Mrs O Perkin, MFL Subject Leader commented: "The students loved the session and really got a lot out of chatting to Dylan. 

"After he left we continued to talk about it and they showed how much they had understood of what Dylan had said. Dylan was great and really lovely with the students. Being able to talk about the relevance of what they are currently studying and them experiencing first-hand how they can use their language skills was a golden opportunity!" 

In addition, Bobby Grant also met with year 7 students from E-ACT Royton & Crompton Academy, in what was the first player visit of the 2020/21 season for Oldham Athletic. 

As part of the visit Bobby answered a range of questions around his career and also how he coped with lockdown. There was also time for Bobby to show off his dancing skills as he attempted to floss, he has promised students that when he next scores he'll try and do it as his goal celebration!

This afternoon Callum Whelan will be joining students and staff at OACT school partner, Canon Burrows, as part of the OACT schools programme delivery. 

As the country now operates in a digital manner the Oldham Athletic players have been supporting the work of the Community Trust in a variety of online ways.

Sock-er Skills
Each week a different Oldham Athletic player takes on the Sock-er Skills Challenge, with Tom Hamer leading the way with an outstanding 84. So far, Tom Hamer, George Blackwood, Davis Kiellor-Dunn, Harry Clarke and Danny Rowe have taken part. This afternoon it is the turn of Conor McAleny, you can see how he gets on by heading to the OACT twitter page (@OfficialOACT). 

Our Moments
Our moments is designed to recognise and thank those individuals who have gone above and beyond to help others. 

So far club captain Carl Pierganni, midfielder Ben Garrity and striker Danny Rowe have been on hand to thank Chloe, Laurie, Joseph, Lilly, Adam & Shaun as part of this initiative.  

If you know of someone who you feel is deserving of an 'Our Moments' shoutout please nominate them by emailing

Christmas Competition
Recently Ian Lawlor and Laurence Bilboe, featuring Bobby Grant, took part in our Christmas Wrapping Challenge. The two goalkeepers were set the challenge of seeing who could wrap a football the quickest, all whilst wearing their gloves. 

You can see who won the challenge by watching the video below. 

Each player signed a football and OACT are giving you the opportunity to win one of these signed footballs. To be in with a chance all you need to do is tweet @OfficialOACT a video of yourself and someone else taking on the wrapping challenge with a present of your choice. Please ensure that you adhere to the most current government Covid-19 guidelines whilst taking part in this competition. 

The deadline for entries is Monday 14 December 2020. Please note that the successful winners must be able to collect the footballs by Friday 18 December 2020. 

On the recent improvement to the process, Martin Vose, OACT Head of Community said: "The support that we receive from the Oldham Athletic players is incredible and we hugely appreciate their time. Connecting the club and the community in this unique way is a large part of the work that we do and the impact that players visits or messages have is long lasting and at present certainly helps to bring some positive memories during a testing time for us all.

"We look forward to continuing and expanding our player engagement across 2021 and beyond with some exciting and innovative plans."

For further information on the work being delivered by Oldham Athletic Community Trust, please email

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