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MetiNews.Com - Rugby League will open its doors again for a number of test events this month

Sheffield news Super League to let fans back in as Huddersfield Giants game chosen MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Rugby League will open its doors again for a number of test events this month

Sheffield news  Super League to let fans back in as Huddersfield Giants game chosen MetiNews.Com
17 September 2020 - 09:24

Breaking News ! Huddersfield Giants fans will be able to watch their team in action once again after the Government granted permission for four Super League fixtures to be staged as pilot events. Attendances of 1,000 will be permitted at the games on Wednesday September 30, which include the Giants' clash with Hull KR at the John Smith's Stadium. The traditional derby fixture between Wigan Warriors and St Helens at the DW Stadium – their first meeting of the 2020 season, will also be broadcast live by Sky Sports. The other fixtures granted pilot event status are: Castleford Tigers versus Hull FC and Leeds Rhinos versus Catalans Dragons. Sports pilots are not able to take place in areas with high coronavirus incidence rates. For this reason the Salford Red Devils v Warrington Wolves fixture, also scheduled for September 30, has not joined the approved list for spectators in the pilot programme. Nigel Huddleston MP, Sports Minister, said:  “We recognise that many RFL clubs are operating on very tight financial margins and the professional game is facing unprecedented pressure but we are doing all we can to help. "On top of the recent £16 million emergency support we have provided to safeguard the immediate future of the sport, I am pleased that we are working closely with the RFL to run a number of capped, covid secure, and socially distanced pilots during the remainder of September. This will help us continue to build the evidence base to assess how fans can return in greater numbers, as soon as it is safe to do so." Read More Related Articles Huddersfield Giants full statement as Simon Woolford steps down immediately Read More Related Articles Richard Thewlis statement as Huddersfield Giants confirm Simon Woolford is leaving the club Ralph Rimmer, RFL CEO, said:  “The return of crowds is vital to sports including Rugby League.

.  “We continue to work closely with Government, with other sports, and with local authority partners. Betfred Super League clubs have worked exceptionally hard and all are ready to host socially distanced crowds.  “Speaking with the Secretary of State yesterday, I joined other sports CEOs and Chairs to stress that sport is ready and now needs a clear roadmap for the return of at first limited then larger crowds which allows for flexibility where required. Government understands that this is crucial to club finances and to jobs.  “We know the presence of fans in the ground for these four Betfred Super League fixtures will be a major boost to all involved – especially the players, who thrive on the atmosphere provided by Rugby League’s passionate supporters. “We are also delighted that Sky Sports will be able to televise the first meeting of the season between Wigan and St Helens, with the added bonus of a crowd.” Robert Elstone, Executive Chairman, Super League said:  “It is crucial that crowds are allowed back into Super League venues as soon as it is safe, so we welcome the Government’s decision to include our matches on September 30 in the programme of pilot events. “Matchday revenue is essential to the business models of our clubs and the introduction of up to 1,000 spectators will help us to form a better understanding of how and when we can introduce larger crowds. Pilot events have worked well in other sports and Super League venues are well-equipped to host their own.”

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