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Statement From the Rfl Re Next Season

The RFL has begun modelling 2021 fixture options for the return of the Betfred Championship, League 1 and the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup.

A meeting of clubs has confirmed that although Government advice is currently that crowds will not be permitted until April, there is a shared desire to return sooner than that – and that all options should be kept open for the resumption of competitions as soon as possible.

Early March has been identified as a possible target date following an informal survey of clubs, and there will be further discussion at a Championship and League 1 Forum next month.

The RFL is working closely with clubs to ensure that they can return initially to train, and in due course play matches, in accordance with Government Guidance and RFL Protocols. This includes running webinars for key individuals including Covid Officers and coaches.

The RFL is also liaising with the Dept for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and other sports regarding a roadmap for an earlier return to socially distanced and limited crowds, safely building to increased crowds, and has forwarded a proposal for this to DCMS. Individual clubs are also having similar dialogue with their local MPs and local authorities.

Simon Johnson, the RFL Chair, said:

“As we reflect on the Coral Challenge Cup Final at Wembley on Saturday, it is important that we continue to work with the clubs outside the Betfred Super League who have now gone almost seven months without any competitive action.

“The recent announcement that spectators would not be permitted to return to sport was a blow to these clubs, as it was to those in the Betfred Super League – as the return of spectators was key to the plans for the resumption of the Betfred Championship and League 1 competitions as soon as possible this winter.

“However, the mood among those clubs is that they must continue to work towards a return as soon as possible. The players and coaches are desperate to get back – as are their supporters.

“At the moment, we are led to believe crowds will not return until April. But as we have seen, these things can change – and with the Our League app, we have the ability to provide coverage of matches direct to supporters even when crowds are not permitted in the grounds.

“It is difficult to come up with firm fixture plans given ongoing uncertainty, but we want to give our clubs and supporters an idea of what might be possible in 2021.

“We face challenges, but the mood at the clubs’ meeting was one of defiance and also excitement at the prospect of their 2021 return. Our role is to work with the clubs and ensure that these competitions are rolled out as quickly as is feasible and we are well aware of activity which is already being planned.

“The RFL remains at the forefront of demonstrating to DCMS and health partners that sports are well prepared for the introduction of socially distanced crowds in well managed outdoor environments, now that indoor arts and cultural events are underway.”

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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

The 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.

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