Oldham chairman lauds “first class” RFL leadership in coronavirus pandemic

Drew Darbyshire

Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton has praised the RFL’s leadership during the coronavirus crisis.

Last week, the RFL secured a £16million emergency loan from the government to help ease financial strain on the game during this difficult period.

Hamilton said: “This is exceptional news for the sport in unprecedented times. Potentially, it could be a life saver for clubs in the three professional divisions.

“Ralph Rimmer, his executive team and the RFL board deserve enormous credit for the stirring leadership they have demonstrated since day one of the crisis.

“Not only that, they have now secured this additional help from the government at a time when we are desperately trying to keep clubs in business.

“The important of clubs to their local communities, which reaches far beyond match days, has clearly resonated with our nation’s leaders and it also underlines the significant role clubs like Oldham play as part of the town’s fabric.

“As the first and possibly the only sport to gain such additional support, the RFL can pride itself on a momentous achievement and one of which everybody connected with the game – our club in particular – should be very proud.

“This is not a cure all solution though and we must be on alert to make sure we come out of this pandemic in as strong a position as possible.”

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