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

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: or speak to the club direct on 07904 898177 or email to:

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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