Author: Paul McNally

Red Devils Launch App To Help Fans Get Fitter

Salford Red Devils have teamed up with the University of Salford to launch Fan Fit – a new smartphone app designed to help supporters get fit and healthy while keeping up with the news from around the Club.
The app contains a fitness tracker and a league table so that supporters can measure their daily activity and rank it against fellow fans and even Salford players.
It also provides a news and video feed direct to your phone and next season will feature bespoke content from the players and coaches aimed around how to get fitter and healthier.
Red Devils’ Head of Communications Paul McNally said: “It’s been great working so closely with the University of Salford and seeing Fan Fit take shape over the last few months.
“We have a real opportunity here to take up the challenge of getting our city more active and involved. As a professional sports club focused on health and fitness so the chance to get our players and staff going head to head with the supporters is one we are relishing.”
Dr Alex Fenton, designer of Fan Fit and lecturer in digital business from the University of Salford Business School, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to work with great community focused clubs like Salford. We want to create engaging digital experiences for fans around health, fitness and wellbeing.
“For Salford it will work by increasing engagement and loyalty, and for fans it will motivate them to get a little bit fitter.”
Alex, who leads the sport industry collaboration zone for the Business School at the University of Salford, said: “This is a really fun way to help sports fans get fit. It is yet another great example of the kind of work we do at Salford with industry, working directly with our partner clubs such as Salford Red Devils to try to get the best research results we can whilst addressing real health issues and creating real world impact.”
You can download Red Devils Fit now on Android and iPhone by visiting: http://fanfit.co.uk/about-fan-fit/
The app will undergo a soft launch stage where any bugs will be ironed out over the coming days and weeks.
 
 
 

Help Us Develop Our New App

What is Salford Red Devils Fit?
Salford Red Devils Fit is a free Android application built by Salford Red Devils and The University of Salford, which enables fans to keep up to date with club news, fixtures, social media, and videos; whilst, tracking your fitness and competing in fitness leagues for rewards.
The app is the first major project for the FanFit team at The University of Salford, whose vision is to work with sports clubs to tackle the growing socio-physiological issues in the North West of England, improving the fitness, nutrition, and wellbeing of citizens.
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What is the Focus Group?
The next phase of this project is the new release of an iPhone app, and rerelease of the existing Android app, in which participants for a focus group are required through Eventbrite, to gather data from core users that will shape the app builds, and provide vital information for future app updates.
We require participants to download and try the existing Android app, and possibly integrate it into your daily lives, whilst comparing the app against any other fitness apps that you may use. At the focus group, users will be asked to casually discuss their experience with using the app.
Don’t worry about parking, as it’s free and there’s plenty of space; plus, tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.
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Free Rewards for Participating!
Salford Red Devils have kindly agreed to provide all participants of the focus group with a free VIP upgrade to the game of their choice, and enter participants into a competition to win a signed shirt and photo with the player of their choice.
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Capricorn Security And Fans Launch Squad Builder Fundraiser

The Red Devils are delighted with the news that partner Capricorn Security and our loyal band supporters have banded together to launch a squad-building fundraiser for the Club.
It is a fantastic gesture and one we hope our fans can get behind.
Below is the message from Capricorn.
Salford Red Devils lies at the heart of the community in this fantastic city, its continued success at the highest level of Rugby League creates a great deal of local pride whilst also promoting the City of Salford in a positive light on a global platform.
As part of their commitment to the local community Capricorn Security have decided to launch a Squad Builder Fund to support the Salford Red Devils goal of retaining their Super league status.
Capricorn Security are therefore delighted to launch this page in conjunction with the clubs’ loyal Supporters Trust and ask for your contributions to assist in the potential procurement of players, as we approach the all-important middle 8 section of the season.
Paul King, Director of Capricorn Security said ‘Capricorn’s roots are based in Salford, we are huge fans of the city, the people and the club so we are delighted to have the opportunity to kick off this squad builder with the opening donation.
“We are asking the Club’s fantastic supporters to rally around and contribute as much as they can before transfer deadline on Friday.
You can donate to the squad builder online by visiting this link https://reach.thrinacia.com/reddevils
For donations by cheque or cash please do so via the Supporters Trust website.

Salford win Battle for Hastings

Salford Red Devils have swooped to sign Aussie half-back star Jackson Hastings from the NRL, initially for the remainder of the season.
Hastings is awaiting final visa clearance and will link up with the Red Devils for the vital close of the campaign.
Salford’s Director of Rugby Ian Blease said: “Jackson is a signing that should rightly excite everybody in the city. He is an exciting match-winner and will slot into our set-up perfectly at this crucial time.
“A huge amount of hard-work behind the scenes has gone into making this happen over the past few months and we are delighted to get it over the line. Opportunities to sign players this talented do not come along too often and it speaks volumes that we have beaten off some serious competition for his signature.
“I’d like to thank the player’s agent for all his help as well as Marwan Koukash who has honoured his pledge to support the club with the acquisition of a player.”
22-year-old Hastings already has 47 NRL appearances to his name for the Sydney Roosters and Manly Sea Eagles and has bagged 81 points in the process.
Salford Red Devils expect the player will join them at the AJ Bell Stadium as soon as his paperwork is complete in Australia.
Head Coach Ian Watson said: “He’s a huge talent with huge potential. The fact Trent Robinson let Maloney leave the Roosters so Jackson could partner Mitchell Pearce shows his level of quality.
“Obviously there were numerous Super League clubs chasing him and we are delighted he has chosen to come to us. Hopefully together we can restart Jackson’s first grade career
“He has been the guy we have been missing in terms of organisation and kicking game. He’s looking forward to getting over here and getting stuck in, concluded Watson.
Ian Blease continued, “It’s been a tough transitional year for the Club and we continue to need all the support we can get from our fans and get them to bring a friend along to the game on Friday against Castleford Tigers (kick off 8pm, AJ Bell Stadium). It is vital we stay in Super League this year and the signing of Jackson Hastings shows that we are very serious about this aim.”
 
 
 
 

Andrew Rosler | Red Devils Readying For Second Phase Of Transition

We caught up with director Andy Rosler to get a forthright and frank update on the current situation at the Salford Red Devils. Our 2018 Season Ticket holders will have exclusively received this update via E-Mail yesterday.
“As we move towards the end of the regular Betfred Super League season it had now been some six months since the transfer of ownership from Marwan Koukash to the newly formed Holding Company on the eve of the current campaign.
“There is no doubting that it has been a tough few months but this was always going to be the case.
“The lack of a benefactor and transition to community club meant a challenging period financially and the club is still bearing the brunt of this, but the most important and prudent need is stability and financial sustainability – positioning us for future growth and investment.
“This is why unfortunately the club earlier on in the season wasn’t in a position to simply reinvest the proceeds from the sales of players, and the club hasn’t been able to make the same signings as other clubs do with significant benefactors supporting the purchase of players.
“That said, as a Club, we believe that our current squad and coach have the ambition and belief that they can remain in the Super League and we are doing everything thing we can to also help strengthen the squad for this season and next.
“To support the strengthening of the squad we are currently looking at multiple fund raising options and have retained Sedulo, a highly ambitious Manchester Chartered Accountancy practice, to assist the Club with these processes. In the interim, we have been encouraged by the initiative being shown by various supporter groups who are running their own fund raising schemes.
“We are also looking at expanding and strengthening the Clubs operational board and have announcements soon across various disciplines, including business development, but we welcome any genuine interest from individuals who wish to become involved.
“The Club will be expanding Holding Company membership and require committed and resourceful individuals to steer the Club through the transitional period and onto a new period of sustainability and growth.
“We are also working with Foundation closer regarding apprenticeships and focusing  on opportuntities for the young people of our community.
“Supporters of other Clubs may point out incessantly that we have a smaller fan base than most, but they cannot doubt our loyalty and passion on the terraces which is always superb. Many people may think club doesn’t deserve to be in Super League but I do
“It remains crucial that we stick together as one community club and support each other. We cannot allow ourselves to become disillusioned with the situation. We are only three points off the top eight, which given this is our transitional season shows great promise for the future.
“However, we really cannot complete this journey without the fans turning up and cheering the lads on to a fully deserved position in Super League next season. Ahead of the next few fixtures all in the Club urge the fans to encourage others to attend because even if each fan brought just one person who doesn’t normally come to the game it significantly helps.
“The more supporters our existing fans can bring along will increase revenue to bring in quality players going forward. If the community wants to see a top quality team in the next few years they have to back what they are doing by coming along now, we need the help of our supporter’s now to get to this stage going forward.
“It is our aim to once more be the pride of Salford, as we have been in the past, with the whole city urging us on to success.
“Please remember we have mini season tickets on sale for the remainder of the campaign and every pound earned is doubled due to Marwan’s kind offer to match the amount.”

Community | Salford Schools Get To Meet Red Devils’ Stars

Salford Red Devils teamed up recently with Wellington High School to run a primary school event for over 80 kids.
Two weeks prior to the event, the High School nominated 12 ‘Sports Leaders’ who were trained up on how to coach and referee, and then on the day these 12 leaders ran the day alongside Red Devils’ stars Ben Nakubuwai and Josh Jones.
Community Development Manager Lewis Lockett said: “It was a really enjoyable event and the kids and the players were great for the full session. We’d like to thank Wellington High School and the Sports Leaders, as well as all the Primary Schools that made it a special day.
“We are active in the community on a daily basis and the opportunity to increase Red Devils’ awareness to the kids in our City and beyond is one we are always keen to grasp.”
The schools involved were Heyes Lane Primary School, Cloverlea Primary School, Broadheath Primary School, Firs Primary School and Forest Gate Primary School.
The Tigers are in Town, but we’ll roar louder! 
Tickets for our next home game against Castleford Tigers on Friday 13th July are available to purchase at the Club Ticket Office, over the phone or online here.

Community | Under 9s Enjoy Devils’ Development

Last week Salford Red Devils held their first Under 9s Development Night at the AJ Bell Stadium with four local community clubs, Langworthy Reds, Cadishead Rhinos, Folly Lane and Salford City Roosters.
More than 40 players attended along with parents and coaches and had a fantastic time in the professional environment.
Community Development Manager Lewis Lockett said: “The idea behind the night was to get the kids to have more exposure and training with us and help them get a step up with the development.
“We have two more dates planned this year – in mid-July and mid-September and they are open to players registered with Salford clubs.”
For more information, contact lewis.lockett@salfordreddevils.net.
The Tigers are in Town, but we’ll roar louder! 
Tickets for our next home game against Castleford Tigers on Friday 13th July are available to purchase at the Club Ticket Office, over the phone or online here.

Devils issue rallying cry ahead of huge game

This Thursday evening sees the first game in the Betfred Super League since Super’s League’s structural changes were announced, as the Red Devils look to get back to winning ways against Widnes Vikings.
Red Devils’ Director Andy Rosler said: “It‘s clear that we do need to see an improvement on the field and, obviously, recent results do test fans resolve but this was always going to be a very difficult transitional year. The sport itself is now set to go through it’s on period of change and Salford intend to be at the forefront of the exciting times ahead.
“However, we still need the continued support, understanding and patience of our fans and ask them to stick with us in this crucial period of the current season and also that they encourage stay away or new fans to support the team.”
The first meeting between the sides this season saw the Vikings snatch victory from the jaws of defeat to send Salford home smarting and looking for the two points in this return fixture.
Salford have the chance to open up a six-point gap on the Vikings with a win and urge all their supporters to turn out and make the difference by cheering the lads over the line in this crucial game.
“Great strides are being made off the pitch and around the club to re-integrate the Club back in to the Community and to establish a better platform from which to grow. We intend to focus on the pride of our City going forward. That doesn’t always bring in immediate results but the Club will be much better in the long term.
“Retaining our Super League status this season is paramount and given all the circumstances will be a fantastic achievement and against the odds according to many ‘expert’ opinions.”
New recruits Ed Chamberlain and Greg Burke are in line to make their debuts for the Red Devils as Ian Watson’s men look to turn the corner and make a late-season push for the playoffs.
Tickets for the game are available by clicking HERE.
 

Community | Red Devils Foundation Launch Impact Report

Salford Red Devils Foundation have launched their report on the last year’s work in the community and have unveiled an astonishing impact with the day to day work that they do.
Before the Devils’ game against Huddersfield Giants Foundation Manager Neil Blackburn highlighted some of the key points from the report to a packed room including some startling statistics around the Foundation’s male Mental Health project – Offload.
Some 20 participants of those surveyed highlighted that they believed they would have taken their own lives if it wasn’t for taking part in the successful programme which is delivered by the Red Devils, Widnes Vikings and Warrington Wolves.
Other schemes such as one where elderly people stay active using boxercise have also been particularly successful. The report also highlights the large numbers of children in our local schools who come into regular contact with the Club through the Foundation.
Neil Blackburn said: “Part of our remit as a community Foundation is to be highly visible and active in our city and our projects, not just Offload, all touch people’s lives. We see and work with people of all ages across a variety of sectors including fitness and mental health. We are proud as a Foundation to be able to work so closely in our community and this year’s Impact Report is a sign of how active and important we are in the City and beyond.”
Red Devils Head of Communications, Paul McNally said: “If this is the impact report for our Foundation surely there can be no greater impact in our community than saving the lives of 20 men in the last year. 20 families haven’t had to go through the pain and suffering that suicide brings with it and it is tantamount to the fabulous success our people out in the community have had with the Offload programme.
“As well as Offload, most schoolchildren have their first interaction with Salford Red Devils through our Foundation. It is an incredibly important part of our jigsaw going forward and over the coming months we will be highlighting all of their successes to showcase the truly great work that they do.”
The full Impact Report will be available to download from this website shortly.
To get involved with the Red Devils’ Foundation email neil.blackburn@salfordreddevils.net.