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Twitch to show 1895 Cup kick-off

As part of a groundbreaking partnership for sport in the UK, the 1895 Cup will become the latest Rugby Football League competition to be shown on Twitch when the First Round match between former Wembley winners Hunslet and Workington Town is streamed live this weekend.

Twitch is the leading service and community for multiplayer entertainment, and has been showcasing the sport of Rugby League to a new, younger audience. The service offers an alternative, interactive opportunity for current supporters to watch and engage with live matches, with the Women’s Super League fixture between Wigan and St Helens providing a fitting kick-off last month.

Two more WSL games have been streamed – St Helens versus Bradford Bulls, followed by last Sunday’s Castleford-Leeds clash – and already there have been more than 300,000 views of the four RFL games shown on Twitch, also including the first match of the Academy Origin series between Lancashire and Yorkshire.

Twitch will show the remaining two matches of the Academy series, which continues at the Betfred Championship Summer Bash in Blackpool later this month, plus further WSL games and ties from all rounds including the Semi-Finals of the 1895 Cup – sharing the coverage with the RFL’s Our League membership app.

This weekend knockout Rugby League takes centre stage, with Saturday’s 1895 Cup tie from the South Leeds Stadium followed by the West Yorkshire derby between Featherstone Lionesses and Stanningley in the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup on Sunday afternoon.

“The sports broadcasting landscape is so dynamic, and the reach of Twitch shows that it has a big appeal to young audiences,” said Mark Foster, the RFL’s Chief Commercial Officer.

“Twitch’s 15 million daily unique visitors represent a hard-to-reach young and digital-native audience, so we wanted to be the first sport in the UK to be live on Twitch to achieve another first for Rugby League.

“Now we’re broadcasting our own games through Our League, it makes sense for us to make some of those games available through Twitch and other social media platforms, to expose Rugby League to a wider audience. We know it’s a great game to watch so the more we can engage a younger audience with it in the way they choose to consume their entertainment, the better for our future.

“From the first Women’s Super League game between Wigan and Saints, there has been a really positive response to all our matches, both from Rugby League fans who were pleased to see the game on Twitch, and also from new people who were either watching the sport for the first time or engaging with it for the first time in years.

“To have over 300,000 views for the first four games is a really exciting and encouraging start, and we’re excited about working with Twitch to develop our relationship. “The 1895 Cup is a great way for us to show the quality of Rugby League on offer from the Betfred Championship and League One clubs – especially with the reward of a Wembley place in the Final in August.

“With membership of Our League now approaching 104,000, we’re really seeing the value of developing our own OTT platform.” Farhan Ahmed, Twitch’s Strategic Partnerships Manager, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Rugby League to present sports content in a new way to the next generation of sports fans. We’re looking to grow our sports category over the coming years, and it’s exciting that Rugby League will be a part of it.”

To watch Rugby League this weekend on Twitch – Hunslet v Workington Town on Saturday in the 1895 Cup, and Featherstone Lionesses v Stanningley on Sunday in the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup – as well as all other Rugby League content on Twitch, go to the RFL Twitch account and subscribe www.twitch.tv/rugbyleague.


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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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