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Betfred extends commitment to Championship and League 1 Rugby League

Betfred is to extend its sponsorship of Rugby League’s Championship and League 1 competitions by a further two years – and more than double its annual financial contribution to the game outside Super League.

The announcement means that the leading UK bookmaker will sponsor all three professional tiers of the sport, including the Betfred Super League, until the end of the 2021 season.

Rugby Football League Chief Executive, Ralph Rimmer, said:

“Betfred have been supporting our Championship and League 1 competitions since 2018 and I am delighted that they will continue that support for a further two years. Their energy and enthusiasm off the field mirrors the product on the field, where clubs and players are beginning to gear up for what will be a thrilling play-off series in two vibrant competitions.”

Betfred boss Fred Done added:

“We’ve enjoyed a great relationship with Rugby League and its supporters and therefore I am delighted that we are now able to further extend our sponsorship of the Championship and League 1 in line with our recent Super League and Women’s Super League agreements. Sport provides tremendous content for our digital platforms and we are delighted that through deals like these we are able to be a part of it.”

The Betfred Championship play-offs get underway on the weekend of Saturday 14/Sunday 15 September when the teams finishing in second, third, fourth and fifth places will all be in action. Toronto Wolfpack have already been crowned ‘League Leaders’ and are therefore entitled to a bye on the first weekend of the play-offs before entertaining the winner of second versus third on Sunday 22 September (6.30pm GMT).

All Betfred Championship play-off games will be played at the home ground of the team ranked highest in the league at the end of the regular season. Sky Sports will show play-off action on their various channels, as well as round-the-clock updates via the Sky Sports app and Sky Sports News.

Week 1

Saturday 14 September, 3pm: Qualifying Final (2nd v 3rd) or Elimination Final (4th v 5th)
Sunday 15 September, 6.30pm: Qualifying Final (2nd v 3rd) or Elimination Final (4th v 5th)

Week 2

Saturday 21 September, 3pm: First Semi-final (QF loser v EF winner)
Sunday 22 September, 6.30pm: Second Semi-final (Toronto Wolfpack v QF winner)

Week 3

Sunday 29 September, 6.30pm: Preliminary final

Week 4

Saturday 5 October (KO 7.30pm): Betfred Championship Grand Final

Automatic promotion beckons for the winners of Betfred League 1, while the teams finishing in the five places immediately behind them will take part in a play-off series to determine who else is promoted to the Championship.

The Betfred League 1 play-offs will also begin on the weekend of Saturday 14/Sunday 15 September, with the final taking place on Sunday 6 October. Betfred League 1 play-offs will be broadcast both on Our League and the Betfred Facebook Page.

Full play-off structures are available on the RFL website.

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SINCE Covid-19 caused us to temporarily abandon door-to-door CLUB CASH lottery collections last Spring there’s never been a better time to come on board and help Roughyeds to get through these hugely challenging times.

Why? The £500-a-week rollover jackpot is back — not only that there are now TWO £50 prizes and TWO £25 prizes in addition to the first prize of £1,000, a second prize of £100 and ten consolation prizes of £10.

But the return of the jackpot is the big lottery news. It’s back this week and it’s been won first time out, so next week’s jackpot is again £500 but if nobody touches lucky it will go up to £1,000 the following week and increase by £500 a week, if not won, to a maximum of £10,000.

We have seriously missed the regular income from collections on the doorstep, but we cannot thank too much those supporters who have got behind the club in these unprecedented times of hardship by keeping their Club Cash memberships going or, indeed, by joining for the first time, knowing that for £1 a week they can help the club to combat Covid and prepare with confidence for the challenges of Betfred Championship rugby in 2021.

You can send a cheque to cover a set number of weeks; take out a bank standing order — our preferred option; complete a bank transfer; or pay for several weeks up front by credit or debit card.

You can download a standing order form by clicking on the link at the end of this news release and following the instructions or you can contact our Club Cash administrator John McAndrew (tel: 07980 129541; email: mcandrewj@aol.com) or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

The easiest way, though, is to download a standing order form below. The latest prize updates are shown on the form as follows (all for £1): £1,000, £100, £50 (2), £25 (2), a number of £10 consolation prizes and the £500-a-week rollover jackpot.

Best of luck!

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