2010 Championship 1
|Duration||20 games each|
|Number of teams||11|
|Broadcast partners||SKY Sports|
|Playoff Winners||York City Knights|
|League Leaders||Hunslet Hawks|
The 2010 Championship 1 was a semi-professional rugby league football competition played in the United Kingdom, the third tier of the sport in the country. The winner of this league, Hunslet Hawks, were promoted to the Co-operative Championship along with play-off winners, York City Knights. There was no relegation from this league as it is the lowest tier of professional rugby league in the UK.
The competition features mainly the same teams as it did in 2009. The exceptions being that the Dewsbury Rams and the Keighley Cougars were both promoted to compete in the 2010 RFL Championship. Originally, Doncaster and the Leigh Centurions were supposed to be relegated. However, Gateshead Thunder breached the insolvency laws which meant that it was they, instead of Leigh, who were relegated.
The competition was going to contain 10 teams but one more was added when the Super League team the Crusaders left their home base at Bridgend and moved to Wrexham. This resulted in a new club being formed in Neath, South Wales, called the South Wales Scorpions who will play at the Gnoll.
|Blackpool Panthers||5th||Woodlands Memorial Ground||N/A||Lytham St Annes, Lancashire|
|Keepmoat Stadium||15,231||Doncaster, South Yorkshire|
|Thunderdome||11,800||Gateshead, Tyne and Wear|
|Hunslet Hawks||6th||South Leeds Stadium||N/A||Leeds, West Yorkshire|
|London Skolars||10th||New River Stadium||5,000||Haringey, London|
|Oldham Roughyeds||4th||Park Lane (Season Start to May)
Whitebank Stadium (May onwards)
|Whitefield, Greater Manchester
Oldham, Greater Manchester
|Rochdale Hornets||8th||Spotland Stadium||10,249||Rochdale, Greater Manchester|
| South Wales Scorpions
|N/A||The Gnoll||6,000||Neath, West Glamorgan, Wales|
|Swinton Lions||7th||Park Lane||N/A||Swinton, Greater Manchester|
|Workington Town||9th||Derwent Park||10,000||Workington, Cumbria|
|York City Knights||3rd||Huntington Stadium||3,428||York, North Yorkshire|
|Position||Club||Played||Won||Drawn||Lost||Pts for||Pts agst||Pts Diff||B.P.||Points|
|3||York City Knights||20||12||0||8||617||524||83||3||39|
|4||Blackpool Panthers||20||15||0||5||805||370||435||3||38 (a)|
|6||South Wales Scorpions||20||9||0||11||576||468||108||7||34|
|11||Gateshead Thunder||20||1||0||19||236||1232||−996||1||-2 (b)|
(a) Blackpool were docked 10 points for an operational rules breach.
(b): Gateshead were docked 6 points for entering administration.
|Elimination play-offs||Qualifying / Elimination semi-finals||Elimination final||Grand Final|
|QSF: 12 September 2010|
|2||York City Knights||32||GF: 26 September 2010, Halliwell Jones Stadium|
|EPO1: 5 September 2010||EF: 19 September 2010||York City Knights||25|
|3||Blackpool Panthers||36||York City Knights||38|
|6||Workington Town||26||ESF: 12 September 2010||Blackpool Panthers||18|
|EPO2: 5 September 2010||Rochdale Hornets||26|
|5||South Wales Scorpions||26|