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Sky Sports to televise Betfred Championship Summer Bash

Sky Sports have delivered another huge boost to the Betfred Championship, with confirmation that they will provide extensive and exclusive coverage of the Summer Bash in Blackpool in May.

Toronto Wolfpack’s mouthwatering trans-Atlantic tussle with fellow high fliers Toulouse Olympique will now launch the Championship programme at the Bash on Saturday May 18 with a 115pm kick-off.

The Greater Manchester derby between Rochdale Hornets and Swinton Lions, which had been due to kick things off in Blackpool, has been put back to a 330pm kick-off.

Then the Yorkshire clubs take over, with an intriguing clash between Featherstone Rovers and York City Knights at 545pm, before Bradford Bulls and Halifax take their local rivalry across the Pennines for the climax of the Saturday action from 8pm.

The three-match Sunday programme begins at 1pm with Mark Aston’s Sheffield Eagles, who have been surprise packets in the promotion race, taking on a Barrow Raiders team who are sure to bring a big following from the Furness to the Fylde.

That is followed by the Heavy Woollen derby between Batley Bulldogs and Dewsbury Rams, who will be meeting in Blackpool for the fifth consecutive Bash, this time with a 315pm kick-off.

And the feature match of the Sunday programme will bring together the two Championship teams with the most recent Super League experience as Leigh Centurions face the revitalised Widnes Vikings, with a 530pm kick-off.

Oldham are at home to Coventry Bears on Sunday, May 19, but most fans will be able to remain loyal to the club and watch their favourites in action at the Vestacare Stadium before going home to watch Leigh v Widnes on television.

“The Summer Bash in Blackpool has become established as a popular and enjoyable feature of the Betfred Championship season, and we reckon this year’s could be the best yet,”

said Mark Foster, the Chief Commercial Officer of the Rugby Football League.

“So we’re delighted that Sky Sports will be with us again to show all the action from Bloomfield Road. It’s great exposure for the Betfred Championship clubs, building on the weekly coverage of Toronto Wolfpack – and we’re grateful to both Sky and to In Touch Productions for their continued commitment to covering Championship Rugby League.

“The chat around the game is that this is a really attractive set of fixtures which will showcase the quality of rugby we see every week in the Betfred Championship. With Sky also showing the Betfred Super League game between Catalans and Wigan, it should be a great weekend for the game, whether in Blackpool or Barcelona.”

Betfred Championship Summer Bash

Saturday May 18

13:15 – Toronto Wolfpack v Toulouse Olympique
15:30 – Rochdale Hornets v Swinton Lions
17:45 – York City Knights v Featherstone Rovers
20:00 – Halifax v Bradford Bulls

Sunday May 19

13:00 – Barrow Raiders v Sheffield Eagles
15:15 – Batley Bulldogs v Dewsbury Rams
17:30 – Leigh Centurions v Widnes Vikings

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AS you all know from your own experiences these are tough times for everybody, but we believe you will agree that OLDHAM RLFC is taking massive inspiration from the fabulous NHS and other key workers in tackling Covid head-on, while looking forward positively to the 2021 season and better times ahead thanks to the outstanding work now being done to get people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

Nevertheless, we have to face facts and be realistic enough to accept that the club urgently needs every pound that is currently coming in from whatever source. One of those sources is our Club Cash lottery and we would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who support us on this. A lot of you who used to pay our collectors on the doorstep have responded to our suggestions on how to pay by different methods and we are extremely grateful for that. Thanks again. You will never know how much difference your contributions make.

Alas, our income from the lottery has dropped by more than 50 per cent over the course of the pandemic and that would be a huge blow financially at any time let alone a time of unprecedented hardship because of the pandemic. It really is a situation we seriously need to address.

With that in mind the prize fund for the duration of the latest national lockdown will be temporarily reduced from February 10.

You will still be able to win a £1,000 first prize, plus £100, £50, £25 and ten £10 prizes every week, while continuing to provide vital support for the club and it will only cost you £1 a week. You can’t get a decent coffee for that, but the difference it makes to the club when multiplied a few times over and then multiplied again by 52 – the number of weeks in the financial year – is of major significance.

If you can help us at all — for £1 a week — it would be hugely appreciated by everyone with Oldham RL Club at heart. The prize structure still represents good value for money for an outlay of £1.

To those who are already members and help us accordingly, we very much hope to retain your support at this extremely difficult time.

Should you wish to play but don’t, due to the pausing of cash collection rounds, we have other options available, which you can discuss with our lottery administrator, John McAndrew on 07980129541 or from the club on 07904 898177.

Alternatively, you can send an email to: mcandrewj@aol.com or to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The prize fund will be increased back to previous levels as soon as latest lockdowns are released. Please watch our website and social media platforms for further announcements.

Finally, if you want more information about the lottery or you wish to discuss your membership please contact one of the numbers given above.

A huge thank-you to you all.

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