The Latics join the battle to beat prostate cancer - Prostate Cancer UK logo to feature on Oldham Athletic kit!
Oldham Athletic Football Club has teamed up
with Prostate Cancer UK to help raise awareness of the most common
cancer in men.
In a ground-breaking partnership for the
club, Latics are to carry the charity's logo on the back of their
shirts for the whole of the campaign beginning with the home npower
League One match against Notts County on Saturday, September
Our ambassador Jeff Stelling told Sky
Sports viewers all about it:
It is hoped that the specially-designed
shirts will keep Prostate Cancer UK, The Football League's official
charity partner for 2012/13 season, and prostate cancer firmly in
the minds of spectators.
Staff and players at Boundary Park have
pledged to raise awareness of prostate cancer by supporting a
number of initiatives.
From the moustache-growing month of
'Movember' to a dedicated week of support in March, funds raised by
Latics and other Football League clubs will help more men survive
prostate cancer and enjoy a better quality of life.
It is a cause which is special to everyone
at Latics after club director Barry Owen was last year diagnosed
with the disease.
Mr Owen, 65, who lost his father to
prostate cancer, was diagnosed without any symptoms following a
regular check-up. He chose surgery to treat the disease, following
conversations with one of Prostate Cancer UK's specialist helpline
nurses and currently attends regular appointments with his
consultant to monitor his condition.
He said: "Having experienced prostate
cancer first hand, I know only too well how important it is to talk
to your doctor if you have any concerns about your health. The
sooner these conversations happen, the sooner any potential
problems can be spotted.
"Prostate Cancer UK's partnership with The
Football League is a brilliant way of raising awareness of prostate
cancer amongst a largely male crowd, which is why Latics didn't
hesitate in getting behind the initiative. We will be trying our
very best to get the message out to encourage men to think about
Oldham Athletic Sales and Marketing
Executive David Broadbent said: "Prostate Cancer UK is a charity
very close to the club's heart. As a club, we are delighted to link
up with Prostate Cancer UK in this way by using the back of all
first team kits to raise awareness of prostate cancer amongst
Mark Bishop, Director of Fundraising at
Prostate Cancer UK, said: "We're delighted that Oldham Athletic is
getting behind our partnership with The Football League to raise
awareness of prostate cancer - the most common cancer in men in the
"We are also very grateful to Barry Owen
for speaking out about his own experience of the disease in a bid
to break down some of taboos that still exist.
"We hope every Latics' fan who comes
through the turnstiles at Boundary Park this season will get behind
the club to help them raise as much as possible, so that Prostate
Cancer UK can continue to support the 250,000 men living with