Category: Community

SALFORD & WALES AGREE PARTNERSHIP

Salford Red Devils have agreed a groundbreaking strategic partnership agreement with Wales Rugby League, which will focus on the provision of a player talent pathway and coach development.
The Wales Rugby League National Development Academy in partnership with Salford Red Devils will be the only RFL accredited Development Academy in Wales and will look to continue the illustrious history of Welsh talent in the Salford ranks, which dates back to 1896 and spans across 147 players.
Salford Red Devils director of rugby & operations Ian Blease said: “I am really excited about forming this partnership with the Welsh RL and Coleg Y Cymoedd in the heartlands of Wales.
“Within its history, Salford Red Devils has given some fine welsh players a chance to show their skills at the elite level and they have made a profound impression upon our club.
“I have been fortunate to play alongside a few of them along the way and they are now friends for life.
“This new partnership puts our club at the forefront of recruiting players across Wales and my thanks go to Gareth Kear, Mark Jones, Paul Trainor & Neil Blackburn for their work towards this agreement
“For the first time in a long time, we are now recruiting a Rugby Development Coach who will be embed within our rugby pathway for Coleg Y Cymoedd in Wales and will hopefully breed and unearth the talent for our club and that has been coming through into rugby league for many years now.
“This is an exciting time for our club and another big step towards our vision of creating a legacy within our rugby strategy, which Salford Red Devils will be proud of for years to come.”
The approach to player development in Wales aligns perfectly with the ethos and culture at Salford, where great importance is placed upon personal character and educational development, as well as focus physical ability and rugby league specific skillsets.
I addition to providing the best young Welsh players a potential route to Super League, with the opportunity to progress through the Salford Red Devils player pathway programme, the club will also provide support and professional development to coaches. Focus in this area will particularly target the Wales Rugby League National Development Academy.
Gareth Kear, Wales Rugby League CEO said: “This is the perfect partnership in terms of history, geographic location and most importantly our joint values of inclusion, diversity and equality.
“Together we will work to identify and develop the rich source of rugby league talent that has always existed in Wales, as well as providing outreach projects in deprived areas to make our sport accessible to all.”
Head of rugby league at Coleg Y Cymoedd, Mark Jones, added: “Coleg Cymoedd are very excited to become an official partner with Salford Red Devils.
“We are very impressed with the work Salford are doing with their development pathways and Foundation.
“After numerous meetings with Ian Blease and Paul Trainor, it was evident that we all held the same beliefs and ethos towards the development of young players. With Salford Red Devils’ history of signing Welsh players, the partnership is a natural fit for Coleg y Cymoedd and the WRL National Development Academy which is based at Ystrad Mynach.
“We are the only college in Wales that offers a full time rugby league programme alongside a student’s education and Welsh players will now have a direct pathway to achieve their dreams of playing Super League.”
For more information on the Wales Rugby League National Development Academy, please email mark.jones01@cymoedd.ac.uk, or call Mark Jones on 07886 654933.

CLUB STATEMENT – SUPPORTERS ON FINAL DAY

Salford Red Devils are extremely disappointed that supporters will not be in attendance at the 2020 Coral Challenge Cup Final, as a result of the current Government restrictions.

This celebration will be an important event for our community and it is certain that the city will be cheering on the team from home.

The Club made a number of proposals to the Safety Advisory Group (SAG), to hold an alternative screening event for supporters, based at the AJ Bell Stadium. Each recognised the relevant social distancing guidelines, but unfortunately have been rejected.

Greater Manchester is currently under tighter restrictions than many other parts of the country and it is therefore our responsibility to abide by these decisions and act in the best interest of our community. Salford Red Devils ask that all supporters do the same and arrange to watch the final in a safe environment, obeying all Government guidelines.

The dedication of the Club’s supporters has been outstanding throughout this period and is highly appreciated by all players and staff. It will be an emotional day when we are all able to gather together at the AJ Bell Stadium once again.

SALFORD RED DEVILS FOUNDATION PARTNER WITH FOUNDATION 92

Salford Red Devils Foundation and Foundation 92 are delighted to announce a partnership which shall see the launch of multiple brand-new programmes for people of all ages in Salford.
This unique partnership combines rugby and football to offer more diverse and engaging sports activity sessions, with the aim of having a positive impact on an even wider part of the local community.
Together, the two organisations will combine their expertise and a wealth of coaching experience to bring this offer to people in Salford, with a multitude of 12-month activity courses presented.
The first programme, supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, will see the launch of two courses; an initiative to help 18-year-olds and older with their mental wellbeing based at Eccles Sixth Form College and a physical activity programme for 60-year-olds and upwards at Albert Park.
The second course will offer two free disability-inclusive sports activity sessions based in East Salford and Eccles every week, with five young people able to attend each event to try new sports, meet new friends and develop their skillsets.
Furthermore, each participant will also be provided with the opportunity to take part in accredited learning opportunities in various topics including leadership, teambuilding and communication skills.
Neil Blackburn, Director Salford Red Devils Foundation, said: “I am thrilled to be working in partnership with F92 on these fantastic programmes, which will bring great opportunities to the local community.
“It has been refreshing to see and hear how excited F92 are about providing services to local residents, who especially in these uncertain times need access to targeted local provision more than ever.
“Our partnership brings together Salford’s premier sporting clubs and allows us to achieve fantastic results helping the community bounce back from Covid 19.”
Foundation 92 is an independent Charity, formed by the Class of 92 to impact the lives of those in the community.
Head of Foundation 92, Tom Hutton said: “I am thrilled with the formation of this new, innovative and impactful partnership, and the benefits presented through the bringing together of two powerful forces, football and rugby.
“Through partnership working with Salford Red Devils Foundation, I believe both organisations are able to bring a wealth of experience and expertise together, which will help support both local residents and Salford as a whole to thrive.”

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

Salford Red Devils are giving all supporters the opportunity to express what is most important to them about their club.

The findings will help inform decisions on the image of Salford Red Devils and the manner in which the brand is presented going forward.

Input from supporters is a crucial part of this process, with Salford Red Devils’ status as a community club forming an integral part of its identity.

Supporters are therefore asked to submit details of their favourite ever Salford Red Devils moment, shirt, player and badge, along with an explanation of how they first became a fan and 50 words on what Salford Red Devils means to them.

Submissions should be emailed to: enquiries@salfordreddevils.net by midnight on Sunday 23 August, with the subject line ‘Supporter Opinion’.

RED DEVILS FOUNDATION RAISE £2K FOR NHS

Salford Red Devils Foundation have raised £2,000 during lockdown for Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.
The money was raised through the SRD Foundation’s t-shirt sales of the “tee for hope” campaign, to support Salford Royal during the Covid-19 pandemic.
SRD Foundation director Neil Blackburn said: “We originally wanted to engage our fanbase by running a t-shirt design competition during lockdown and when we saw the design, we thought this was the perfect opportunity to show our support and appreciation for the NHS at this time.
“We want to work together with the NHS to show our support and hopefully make a difference in the local community, especially in times like these.”
The Club’s foundation, along with t-shirt designer Erin Ellaby and her family, presented Salford Royal with a cheque late last week.
Ellaby said: “It’s really important to me, because we’ve had a lot of family who have come here, and this money will go towards helping other people as well.”
Lisa Halden Fundraising Administrator at Salford Royal said: “It’s amazing to see the community coming together and donating.
“We will put the money towards a number of different projects! We’re looking into getting new equipment for some of the wards, meeting areas and family areas.
“It’s been a very challenging time in the NHS, but we have some true heroes at Salford Royal and it is nice that the community has wanted to give something back to them.”
NHS staff and all other Blue Light Card holders will be granted free entry to the Red Devils’ Betfred Super League home matches for the remainder of the season, following the return of crowds.

SUPERJOSH & RED DEVILS ASSEMBLE

Salford Red Devils are pleased to be partnering with SuperJosh for Friday’s superhero celebration.
The Red Devils host Hull Kingston Rovers in their last match of the regular season and are encouraging supporters to come in fancy dress of any kind.
The celebration is being held in memory of the club’s superhero fan Josh Wilson.
Elior will be offering reduced prices on Foster’s, Strongbow, John Smith’s to anyone wearing fancy dress, in the marquee at the AJ Bell Stadium, up until 6:45pm
Salford Red Devils director Paul King said: “This season has given us plenty of reasons to celebrate, so we’re encouraging all supporters to join in the fun and wear fancy dress on Friday.
“Working in partnership with SuperJosh on this is fantastic and something we hope to make a tradition.
“We continue to have a close connection to the charity, with the Red Angels recently joining them at Manchester Pride and SuperJosh sponsoring George Griffin.
“This event should help further raise awareness and direct our supporters towards the charity, as well as add to the fun of this week’s match.”
The Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity (charity reg number 1151518) continues to help children, young people and their families in his legacy.
Josh’s mum Dawn Fidler is a finalist in the Inspirational Women category at the Enterprise Vision Awards, for her work with the charity.
To find out more about the charity and donate, visit: www.joshwilson.org.uk
Tickets for Friday’s match at the AJ Bell Stadium are available for purchase now, with adult tickets available from just £20. Click HERE to purchase.

Free tickets to Bury FC and Bolton Wanderers supporters

Salford Red Devils are offering Bury FC and Bolton Wanderers season ticket holders free entry to tomorrow night’s Super League fixture against Warrington Wolves, kick-off 7:45pm.
Supporters of the North West football clubs have been invited to the AJ Bell Stadium, following news of the financial difficulties that have threatened their survival.
Free tickets for the double-header, which also includes a celebrity football match before the rugby league kick-off, can be collected from the AJ Bell Stadium ticket office.
Bury FC and Bolton Wanderers fans must bring their season ticket and photo ID to claim their free ticket (accepting season tickets from the previous football season).
The offer will be available for both of our two remaining scheduled home games of the season on Thursday 29th August and Sunday 15th September (with our final Hull KR fixture subject to change).
Salford Red Devils director Paul King said: “Like so many other clubs in professional sport, we have been saddened by the plights of Bury and Bolton supporters.
“Salford Red Devils fans know better than most, how awful they must be feeling and at a time when they will be in constant worry, we wanted to offer a distraction.
“With a celebrity football match on before our game against Warrington, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to let those fans get together, as they have done so many times before.
“It’s a simple gesture of solidarity on our part.
The Jet2 TV All Stars will be taking part in a football match at 6pm, ahead of the Super League clash.
Tickets will be available from the AJ Bell Stadium ticket office.