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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.


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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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