New three-year agreement also includes unique pitch covering for Wheelchair Rugby League

Key announcements

  • Three-year extension to existing agreement
  • 25% increase in record-breaking deal
  • Continued sponsorship of Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair sports at Betfred Super League, Championship and League One levels.
  • Continued sponsorship of the Betfred Challenge Cup and England national teams.
  • Brand new full-size pitch covering for Wheelchair Rugby League

Betfred and Rugby League goes together like fish and chips or bangers and mash!

The world-famous bookmaker continues it’s love affair with the sport as today, we announce a record 3-year deal in our continuing support of the game at all levels, from the Betfred Super League, through the Betfred Championship and League One and not forgetting the iconic Betfred Challenge Cup.

Yet again, this sponsorship will be across all formats, with Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair Rugby covered and we will continue to be the England National team’s principal partner. You can read the press release below, with comments from Rhodri Jones, the Managing Director of RL Commercial, as well as, of course, Betfred owner Fred Done.

Since first linking up with Rugby League as title sponsors of the men’s Super League in 2017, Betfred have widened their support to include the men’s, women’s and wheelchair Challenge Cup competitions – including the first women’s Final at Wembley earlier this year – and the Women’s and Wheelchair Super Leagues, as well as shirt sponsorship for the England Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair national teams.

The new partnership represents a 25% increase on the previous record-breaking deal and for the first time ever, includes a unique new full-size pitch covering for Wheelchair Rugby League – a transformational development for the Wheelchair game, which will be used for the first time in this Sunday’s Betfred Wheelchair Super League Grand Final in Manchester, and again for England’s World Cup Final rematch against France at the first direct Arena in Leeds next month.

As a key part of the partnership, Betfred, RL Commercial and the Rugby Football League will continue to emphasise the importance of safer gambling, with the RFL having worked closely with other sports, the Gambling Commission and Government in recent months over the proposal of a Sports Sponsorship Code. The renewal takes into account the principles of the draft Code to ensure all parties meet their obligations.

“Rugby League’s partnership with Betfred has been hugely significant for the sport in the seven years since they first became title sponsors of the men’s Super League.

“As we look forward to Old Trafford and the seventh Betfred Super League Grand Final this weekend, we are thrilled that the relationship will continue to develop and thrive for at least another three years.

“As a company founded in Salford and still based in the north where they are significant employers, they have so much in common with Rugby League, which is a key reason why the partnership has proved so fruitful.

“Rugby League could have had no more loyal and valuable partners through the unique challenges presented by Covid-19 since 2020, and it is through those years that Betfred’s relationship with the sport has grown to include Women’s and Wheelchair Rugby League, our three Challenge Cups now with two Finals at Wembley, and our three England teams.

“There has been a feeling through the 2023 season of fully re-emerging from the long shadow of the pandemic with significant increases in attendances and viewing figures – but the increase in revenue from this deal will be vital in allowing us to deliver greater financial sustainability for our clubs, allowing them to maintain and increase the unique role they play in their communities.

“This deal is surely unique in including a bespoke pitch-covering which provides such exciting opportunities for Wheelchair Rugby League to continue its growth since last year’s World Cup triumph. It is another tangible example of Betfred’s support of all levels of Rugby League.”

Rhodri Jones Managing Director of RL Commercial

Betfred Owner, Fred Done with the Betfred Super League Grand Final Trophy

“Rugby League has undoubtedly proven to be one of our most enjoyable as well as successful sponsorships and the sport has, at all levels, made myself, my family and the entire Betfred team feel most welcome.

“The sport has been working tirelessly to become one of the most inclusive in the world and it is important that this includes the Men’s, Women’s and Wheelchair versions of the game, so I am delighted to be able to provide the new pitch covering for Wheelchair Rugby League to help with this.

“I look forward to a weekend of fantastic finals and to at least another three years’ Betfred involvement in Rugby League.”

Fred Done

The timing of the announcement couldn’t come at a better time for the sport, ahead of the season-ending Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon. The Wigan Warriors and the Catalans Dragons face off for the title of the Grand Final winners and Betfred boss Fred Done will be on hand to present the trophy to the winning captain, once again.

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