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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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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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