Chris to be interviewed on TV

A regional BBC camera crew will soon be at the Vestacare Stadium to film an interview with our chairman, Chris Hamilton, about Rugby League’s big achievement in gaining a £16-million Government loan to combat financial problems caused by the coronavirus.

“The RFL has to be congratulated on becoming the first sport to receive a Government loan,”

said the Roughyeds’ chief, one of the longest-serving owners in the game — more than 20 years — and a former president of the RFL.

The club will be issuing a statement later today on this massively positive development for the sport.

The interview with Chris is expected to be shown on BBC regional news at 1.30pm, 6.30pm and maybe tonight at about 10.30 after the main national news.

In a statement released one minute after midnight the RFL revealed that it had secured ‘significant’ Government support to help the sport and its clubs through the unprecedented financial challenges caused by the current public health emergency.

It went on:

“The Government has announced an emergency loan of £16-million to be administered by the RFL in partnership with Sport England and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

“In this announcement the DCMS highlighted Rugby League’s importance to the communities in which it is established.”

Club Cash Lottery

In challenging times for businesses we are again stressing our urgent need for more financial support via the Club Cash lottery from both existing and new members.

With door-to-door collections temporarily abandoned, some have paid up front to cover a few weeks; moved to direct debit; or completed a bank transfer but the overall result has seen a drop in lottery income of nearly 50 per cent.

This trend is hitting all clubs and organisations and we have had to temporarily modify the weekly prize structure in line with the number of people taking part.

We still have a weekly first prize of £1,000 and other prizes of £100, £50 and £25 plus some £10 consolation prizes and we urgently and seriously need people to help us on this.

One way is to download a direct debit form here and follow the instructions.

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