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RFL hail successful Betfred Championship Summer Bash

Ralph Rimmer, the chief executive of the Rugby Football League, today congratulates the Betfred Championship clubs for another successful Summer Bash which has formed part of a memorable weekend for the game.

An attendance of 7,912 on the first day of the weekend at Bloomfield Road in Blackpool represented a slight increase on the 2018 Saturday figure, and ticket sales for day two already guarantee a total attendance well in excess of the 11,805 aggregate for last year.

“The weekend has the feel of a real celebration of the game, and it’s important for us to acknowledge the part the Betfred Championship Summer Bash has played in that,” said Rimmer.

“We all saw the pictures yesterday from Barcelona, where Catalans Dragons attracted a record Super League crowd for their game against Wigan.

“That was a magnificent example of the flagship competition pushing out to new audiences, and closer to home the Summer Bash has again illustrated what the Betfred Championship has to offer.

“The live coverage provided by Sky Sports of all seven games gives the clubs invaluable exposure, on the back of the coverage already being provided of Toronto Wolfpack’s fixtures this season – and setting the scene for further coverage of the top five play-offs leading to the Million Pound Game in the autumn.

“We’re working harder than ever at the RFL with the Betfred Championship and League One clubs, and it’s those clubs who have driven the increase in attendances this year with their marketing and social media work.

“We’ve already received a lot of positive feedback about the first day, both in terms of the enjoyable experience off the field and the quality of the rugby on it, with Swinton’s stirring fightback against Rochdale, impressive wins for Featherstone and Toronto, and Halifax winning a rousing derby against Bradford to finish things off – not forgetting an excellent Origin Academy match between Lancashire and Yorkshire at the start of the day.

“Ticket sales for the Sunday are well up on previous years, so we’re well set to beat last year’s aggregate attendance by a distance, adding to the feelgood factor around the Betfred Championship at the moment.”

The Sunday programme at the Bash will kick off this morning with the first Women’s Origin match of the season between Lancashire and Yorkshire, streamed live through the RFL’s Our League platforms (mobile, web and app) and also Twitch – and will also include a number of presentations.

Players from the Furness Raiders, who were recently crowned National Association of Colleges Rugby League champions, will be introduced during the game between their local Betfred Championship club Barrow Raiders and the Sheffield Eagles.

Representatives of four of the early recipients of small awards from the CreatedBy Capital Grants Programme directed by the RFL on behalf of Rugby League World Cup 2021 – Cardinal Newman Catholic High School in Warrington, Drighlington Amateur Rugby League Club in Leeds, Bank Quay Bulls ARLFC from Warrington and the University of Leeds Women’s Rugby League – will be presented to the crowd, and to RLWC2021 chief executive Jon Dutton.

And a group of former players from the old Blackpool Borough club will also be attending, including Tommy Dickens, Tommy Frodsham and the former Great Britain prop Hugh Waddell.

Betfred Championship Summer Bash, fixtures, day two 1045am – Women’s Origin, Lancashire v Yorkshire 1pm – Barrow Raiders v Sheffield Eagles 315pm – Dewsbury Rams v Batley Bulldogs 530pm – Leigh Centurions v Widnes Vikings



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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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