Our Promotion Final generated 30,000 viewers on Twitch

Figures released by the RFL show that our Betfred League 1 Promotion Final against Newcastle Thunder generated 30,000 unique viewers on Twitch.

A ground-breaking partnership between the Rugby Football League (RFL) and Twitch has been hailed a resounding success by both partners at their end of season review.

The RFL this year became UK sport’s first national governing body to screen fixtures live through Twitch’s streaming service, launching the partnership with the Betfred Women’s Super League opener between Wigan and St Helens in April, and concluding 2019’s coverage with the Women’s Grand Final between Castleford and Leeds.

Women’s Rugby League featured strongly on Twitch throughout 2019, with matches from every round of the Coral Women’s Challenge Cup alongside a range of other competitions broadcast jointly with Our League app, including the Academy Origin series, Betfred League One and the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup.

Mark Foster, the RFL’s Chief Commercial Officer, said:

“We were excited to announce in April that we would be working closely with Twitch to promote the sport to a new, younger audience and that’s what we’ve done. Twitch have been very supportive of Rugby League, streaming dramatic games such as the Leigh versus Widnes AB Sundecks Cup semi-final.

“More recently Oldham’s League 1 play-off final with Newcastle generated 30,000 unique viewers on Twitch, while the Betfred Women’s Super League Grand Final received over 15,000 live views on Twitch and thousands more on Sky Sports.

“It is having the Our League app that gives us the content to broadcast through completely new communities such as Twitch. That AB Sundecks 1895 Cup semi-final gave us a season’s best 8,399 viewers for a club match on Our League and we now have more than 120,000 members.

“Alongside Twitch and Our League we have seen many more Betfred Championship matches broadcast by Sky Sports, with very encouraging viewing figures – especially for Sunday evening fixtures. The game as a whole can approach the close season with confidence.”

Twitch is a video live streaming service operated by Twitch Interactive, a subsidiary of Amazon.

Club Cash Lottery

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

he 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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