When Oldham had it's Service Area, and it was the envy of the RFL, everybody involved did so on a voluntary basis. Where as WIgan, Saints, Warrington etc were attached to their SL counterparts and the coaches were paid to do the same job.
Oldham not only competed with these clubs, they became successful in what they did. On the odd year, they suffered due to not having the quality of players available than other age groups, but it was rare.
This could happen again, and ORLFC would benefit from this sort of structure and organisation, and there would be many capable people willing to get involved, coach etc for NOTHING, as before. Not everybody involved with grassroots or rep rugby is money orientated, and are there for the good of the game and the town.
Something people seem to have missed or are not aware of is that our under twenty's team two seasons ago had eight Oldham born and bred lads playing for us, but what happens we then get rid of an experienced coach with local connections, to make a position for an experienced retiring player, with no coaching experience or local connections to the detriment of the team.
Under the coaching that was in place a number of these local lads have signed contacts with the club this was not done through last seasons coach who did not really want the job, but the position was made for him in his benefit year, not by our chairman/owner but by our coach who could find no other position for him.