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Sky Sports to televise Summer Bash

Sky Sports have once again given a huge boost to Rugby League’s Betfred Championship, with confirmation that they will provide extensive and exclusive coverage of the annual Summer Bash in Blackpool in May (Saturday 30/Sunday 31 May).

Oldham play Swinton Lions on the Sunday with a 1pm kick-off and we urge all Roughyeds fans to please buy their tickets from us (details to be announced when they are available) because that will be of direct benefit to the Roughyeds club.

Building on the success of the previous five years, the seaside resort will host a weekend of exciting Betfred Championship action at Bloomfield Road which will include all six games being broadcast live on Sky Sports.

With the emphasis on local derbies, Batley Bulldogs and Dewsbury Rams will kick start the event at 3pm on the Saturday with the West Yorkshire derby and the highly anticipated clash between Halifax and York City Knights will follow at 5.15pm before Saturday concludes with Featherstone Rovers taking on old rivals Bradford Bulls at 7.30pm.

The TV cameras will then showcase Sunday’s mouth-watering fixtures, starting with the local derby between Swinton Lions and OLDHAM at 1pm, followed by Sheffield Eagles v Whitehaven at 3.15pm and culminating in Leigh Centurions v Widnes Vikings in a repeat of the most-watched fixture of 2019’s successful Bash weekend at 5.30pm.

Rugby Football League Chief Executive, Ralph Rimmer said:

“We are delighted that Sky Sports will be at Bloomfield Road to show all the action from the Betfred Championship Summer Bash. The weekend has become a highlight in the Rugby League calendar and we are sure the 2020 event will once again provide some great moments for the fans in the stadium and for those watching at home.

“With all six fixtures being shown live on Sky Sports it is great exposure for the competition and the clubs involved and we thank Betfred, Sky Sports and the clubs for all their continued support.”

Steve Smith, Executive Director of Content for Sky Sports, said:

“Sky Sports saw great interest in 2019 for the Summer Bash, it’s a compelling weekend of Rugby League action and our we look forward to bringing it to our customers once again in May.”

We can’t emphasis enough what a difference it will make to the Oldham club if Roughyeds fans or, indeed, anyone else in Oldham or elsewhere who has feelings for Roughyeds, buy their Summer Bash tickets from us. Full details will be announced soon.



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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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