Category: Community

HONOURS EVEN IN ACADEMY’S WELSH REMATCH

Just three weeks after our Academy side had delighted the first group of spectators to enjoy a rugby league game at the A J Bell Stadium this year with an impressive victory over the visiting Wales Academy, they made the same three-hour trip that the Welshmen had had to undertake on that previous occasion, in order to partake in the return fixture.

With a luxurious executive coach to fulfil the travelling requirements, the Salford club did the youngsters proud in their efforts to continue their run of having won every game so far this season, and while they did not quite manage to come with a victory to do that, they nevertheless returned home in the same stylish mode of transport, undefeated in all five of their games, thus far.

It was a squad a little depleted from that which had rattled up considerable scores in their last two outings, owing to a few injuries picked in the acquisition thereof.  To compound the challenge they faced, they discovered just what a fine job their hosts are doing in strengthening their squad, with the inclusion of a number of recently acquired youngsters, which gave them an even more dominating physical presence.

As Salford’s coach, Danny Barton, was quick to point out, however, this is all to the good for Salford with the great success which this fine partnership between the two clubs is proving to be.  The future does indeed look most promising, and the closeness of the final result shows just how well matched the two sides proved to be, on this occasion.

It was the home side which was first out of the blocks with an early score to give notice to the Red Devils that this was not going to be the romp for them that they had enjoyed three weeks earlier, but the visitors eventually settled and cancelled this out with a score of their own, and by halftime the two teams were trooping off with a 10-10 scoreline.

The second half was absolutely tit-for-tat, with each side taking it virtually in-turn to cross for tries, and only the accuracy of the conversions appeared to determine the ascendency for whichever of the two teams, at any point during the half.

With less than five minutes to go, it really did look as though the Welsh side was going to end up winning, as they led 34-30, but this Salford side is just not used to, nor prepared to, lose, and they drew level yet again with the final try of the game, leaving everything riding on the conversion attempt from Salford’s Man of the Match, Jack Stevens.

Unfortunately, the kick proved too difficult for him to land, and so the Red Devils returned home, initially somewhat subdued by not having won, but quickly recovering their spirits at remaining undefeated.

Salford Red Devils Development Academy: Morgan Kelly, Clifford Howard, Mike Los, Ben Wharton, Alec Walton, Charlie McManus, Jack Stevens, Kai Barker, Owen Turner, Tom Hunter, Lucas Prescott, Jack Kenway, Josh Connolly

Replacements: Billy Wadeson, Callum Hughes, Euan Hayes, Lucas Coan, Nathan Connell

Salford tries: Clifford Howard (3), Callum Hughes, Euan Hayes, Ben Wharton, Jack Stevens

Salford goals: Charlie McManus (2,) Jack Stevens

Red Devils’ Rising Stars programme returns

 Salford Red Devils are bringing Salford & Greater Manchester together for both boys and girls for the first time! 

In June and July, we are offering development days for both boys and girls from under 12s to under 16s, and it will be the first time both the boys and girls programme is running parallel with each other.

We have targeted specific, non-competitive development themed games which will enable players to develop their skills whilst representing their areas and boroughs in a professional environment.

Ultimately, all players will be representing Salford Red Devils in more development themed games vs Huddersfield giants and Bradford bulls.

All players will receive top level coaching from Salford Red Devils coaches to develop and enhance their individual skill level no matter what ability they are at. All development days will be held at the AJ Bell Stadium on the outside 3G Astroturf.

Speaking on the programme, Salford Red Devils head of youth Danny Barton said: “The rising stars programme is for boys and girls of all levels of ability, with coaching tailored to match their skill.

“It’s a great opportunity to learn rugby league or develop any existing experience and will be just as beneficial to Salford Red Devils as the programme can only strengthen our youth setup.

“It’s also an opportunity to develop as a player and person, experiencing different environments that can be challenging and fun.”

Red Devils hooker Connor Aspey came through the programme, and said: “You get some good, quality coaching and meet some great friends.

“If you go down, you’ll pick up the little skills and if you enjoy it you can hopefully try and make rugby league into a career.”

Development days information can be found in the poster attached for both boys and girls.

Confirmed dates for development themed games:

  • -Bradford Bulls HOST Salford Red Devils & Huddersfield Giants / 25th July / Odsal Stadium
  • -Huddersfield Giants HOST Bradford Bulls & Salford Red Devils /8th August / Venue TBC
  • -Salford Red Devils HOST Huddersfield Giants & Bradford Bulls / Sunday 15th August / AJ Bell Stadium

To register your interest in the Rising Stars Programme please email sam.bardsley@salfordcc.ac.uk with the details below

  • Participants Name :
  • Age:
  • School & Year :
  • Community club ( if you don’t play at a community club please answer “N/A” ) :
  • Emergency Contact Name/Number:

*please note Boys u15s & u16s rising stars sessions will be returning as soon as possible every Monday evening in the near future. “

Salford Red Devils Foundation – a beacon of hope in the community

Salford Red Devils Foundation (SRDF) has continued to lift spirits in the surrounding Salford community despite the COVID-19 pandemic putting a halt on the majority of the Foundation’s in-person activities. 

As the official charity partner of the Club, Salford Red Devils Foundation has been delivering innovative and wide-ranging programmes that enhance the opportunities of all for the past 15 years and will continue to serve the community now, as it has done throughout the whole pandemic.

Although much of the Foundation’s physical activity programmes have unfortunately had to be temporarily postponed, it has continued to engage participants through adapted online activities. Using interactive activities, SRDF has been able to carry on providing services for the community, and schools, through Zoom and Microsoft Teams sessions. Dance, Karate and multi-sport  virtual sessions are ongoing and the physical delivery sessions that remain are specifically for vulnerable young people living with Special educational needs and disabilities – in partnership with Foundation 92.

During the pandemic, to remain active, the SRDF team have been volunteering for ‘Spirit of Salford’, ensuring that food and medical supplies are delivered to those who are in need and have offered our minibus for use in moving PPE and supplies around the city. SRDF are also working with Salford Assist and are currently doing deliveries to residents in crisis four times per week.

Salford Assist and VCSE commissioning manager Sandra Derbyshire said: “I was contacted by Neil Blackburn from SRDF a number of months ago as the Foundation were really keen to do something to help Salford residents throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Salford Assist is one of Salford City Council’s Discretionary Schemes, supporting Salford residents in times of hardship, crisis or emergency. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, many council buildings have been closed and vulnerable Salford residents may have struggled for collection points for shopping vouchers for food and essentials.

“SRDF stepped up to the mark and offered to collect deliveries four days a week and drive around the city delivering awards direct to clients homes.

“SRDF have been absolutely amazing and without their help and support, some of Salford’s most vulnerable residents may have struggled to access the urgent support that they require. Thank you so much all at SRDF for your fantastic support.”

As the pandemic continues, it is having a catastrophic effect upon the most vulnerable in society. SRDF has also linked up with Soup and Smiles and the Myriad Foundation, donating thermal gloves, blankets and hats for the homeless community in Greater Manchester. The whole team volunteered to assist serving food and hot drinks in Piccadilly Gardens before Christmas and this is to be repeated regularly to ensure that the Foundation continues to provide essential services to the community.

Salford Red Devils Foundation director Neil Blackburn added: “We all feel the pain of a new lockdown, but it is so important that we all follow the guidance and come together to fight this virus as one whole community.

“Together, we will get through these tough times and as an organisation we will do all we can to support our community. We are pleased to be able to offer schools and the community free access to online sports sessions as well as continuing to deliver face-to-face activities for the most vulnerable in society.”

At these times of uncertainty, our great community comes together to help each other through the tough times. Being a community club means that Salford Red Devils strive to ensure nobody in the locality is adversely affected by current restrictions.

The Foundation mobile number – 07532042666 – has remained active during all normal office hours as an outlet for any fans or local residents to call and speak to our team if they are feeling isolated, lonely or simply fancy a chat to boost their mental health during lockdown.

For more information and to register your interest in our programmes, or to get involved with sponsorship and fundraising, please contact neil.blackburn@salfordcc.ac.uk.

Adrian Morley becomes Foundation trustee

Salford Red Devils Foundation is delighted to welcome Adrian Morley and George Tapp to their Board of Trustees.

The Foundation is always looking for opportunities to strengthen its local links and to ensure that the local community are best served by the organisation.

The first new trustee, Adrian Morley, is a prominent figure within the rugby league world both in Australia and the UK. As a legend of the game and a successful businessman, Morley is well placed to help guide the Foundation as it embarks on new and exciting programmes to help the local community.

Morley said: “Coming from the area and being a very proud Salfordian, I’m delighted to be a part of the foundation.

“The more Salford kids we can get playing the sport, the better. Fingers crossed there’s a few rough diamonds out there that we can help to bring through.

“All the donations and fundraisers are very much appreciated and we just couldn’t function without these generous people so please keep donating.”

The second new trustee is George Tapp who is a former Salford City Councillor for the Ordsall ward who continues to make an impact in the Salford area through his involvement with employment and the Unite trade union. George is passionate about providing opportunities for Salford residents and has much experience of local infrastructure that will benefit the Foundation.

Tapp said: “As a lifelong Salford RLFC supporter and proud Salfordian, I am extremely proud and excited to be joining the Board of Trustees on the Salford Red Devils Foundation.

“I look forward to playing my part in raising awareness of the Foundation and helping to source income to ensure that the fantastic programmes can continue.”

These new trustees bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience and have expressed their excitement at joining the team. In such unprecedented times it has never been more important for Salford Red Devils Foundation to continue to deliver its array of outstanding community programmes in Salford and across Greater Manchester.

Both new trustees have unmatched local knowledge and can help to ensure the maximum impact is achieved within the local community. Salford Red Devils Foundation would like to thank the whole Board of Trustees for their continued support and guidance as it continues to inspire the community through Sport, Health and Education.

Foundation Director Neil Blackburn said: “I am thrilled to welcome both trustees to a board that is already filled with a wealth of experience that has helped ensure Salford Red Devils Foundation has been able to service its community for over a decade.

“Ensuring that we have passionate, locally-based trustees guarantees that all our programmes and initiatives are fully focused on providing opportunities for the local needs and I look forward to working with both George and Adrian.”

Echoing Adrian Morley, it is important to thank all our funders and donors who continue to help us provide outstanding community programmes for all that help reduce disparity, ensuring that the most vulnerable in society are given the opportunities and support they deserve and need.

If you would like to donate, sponsor or engage directly with Salford Red Devils Foundation please contact Foundation Director Neil.Blackburn@srdfoundation.co.uk.

PAUL ROWLEY APPOINTED IN NEW ROLE

Paul Rowley has been appointed as Salford Red Devils’ first Head of Rugby Development, Talent & Pathways.

This will see him further develop the Club’s infrastructure outside of the first team setup.

Rowley said: “Five in five is the goal. In five years’ time, we want to have five homegrown players within the squad of the first team.

“Producing our own players creates a more sustainable model and one which we can be proud of as people in the local area.”

Supporters can hear more from Rowley in his exclusive interview HERE on RDTV.

During his time with the Red Devils so far, Rowley has helped the team reach the Betfred Super League Grand Final and Coral Challenge Cup Final.

Before that, he had been head coach at Toronto Wolfpack and Leigh Centurions, while as a player he represented England international level.

Director of rugby & operations Ian Blease said: “This is the most important appointment we have made during my time at the Club.

“Every improvement to our squad enhances what our supporters will enjoy on the field next season, but through this role, we are looking to impact our standing over the next decade and beyond.

“Putting in place somebody with Paul Rowley’s experience as a player and coach, opens up a number of exciting opportunities to us.

“His experience within our first team environment and detailed knowledge of the sport within the region make him an invaluable asset and the ideal candidate to meet the challenges we face.

“I am looking forward to working with him over the coming years, as we look to shape the Salford Red Devils sides of the future.

“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Supporters’ Trust, for their continued support of our development pathways, and would encourage all fans to get behind their initiatives.”

The Supporters’ Trust’s 2021 fundraising focus is outlined in depth HERE.

Salford Red Devils Foundation Offer Free Online Sessions

Salford Red Devils Foundation are offering free online activity sessions to and any schools which feel their students would benefit from having additional structured sports sessions, backed up by the players and staff of the city’s Super League club.

A Captain Confidence session, which focuses on children’s mental fitness, will also be available free of charge.

All supporters will have access to two online community sports sessions per week, at 3pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Salford Red Devils Foundation Director Neil Blackburn said: “We all feel the pain of a new lockdown, but it is so important that we all follow the guidance and come together to fight this virus as one whole community.

“Together we will get through these tough times and as an organisation we will do all we can to support our community.

“We are pleased to be able to offer schools and the community free access to online sports sessions and we will reinstate our foundation mobile number for anyone to call if they are struggling, or merely want to chat to somebody.

“I must also thank our funders, who have been outstanding with the support they have provided us. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to provide the excellent range of services that we do.”

All partner schools have automatically been offered free access to the sessions. For more information and to register your interest in receiving access to our structured online sports sessions, please contact: joanne.shepherd@srdfoundation.co.uk

The Foundation mobile number will be accessible during office hours: 07532042666

Salford Red Devils Foundation is the official charity partner of the Club and has been delivering innovative and wide-ranging programmes that enhance the opportunities of all, for the past 15 years and will continue to serve the community now, as it has done throughout the whole pandemic. Whether this is through delivering medical supplies and food packages to those in need and unable to get out, to feeding the homeless or providing free access to physical activity sessions, Salford Red Devils Foundation is there to support.

Salford Red Devils Foundation would like to thank their supportive funders at this time, who are helping delivery to those most vulnerable in society continue throughout the pandemic: 

  • Assura Community Fund – Cheshire Community Fund
  • Salford CVS
  • Eccles Sixth Form College
  • Sport England
  • The National Lottery Community Fund
  • Rugby League Cares
  • SKYTRY – The RFL
  • RLWC2021 Legacy

 

The Foundation would also like to thank the partner organisations they collaborate with to deliver some outstanding programmes:

  • Start Inspiring Minds
  • Foundation 92
  • The Joe Gallagher Foundation

Foundation Assist with Soup ‘N’ Smiles

Salford Red Devils Foundation were pleased to assist the Myriad Foundation with their Soup ‘N’ Smiles project this week.

The Soup ‘N’ Smiles project is based in the heart of Manchester at Piccadilly Gardens and provides a key service for many of the homeless and needy in Manchester.

Salford Red Devils Foundation director Neil Blackburn said: “We have been really pleased to support the Myriad Foundation with this initiative, which has already done so much good for the homeless community.

“This is always a difficult time of year for those in need and circumstances this year have made things even tougher.

“Ensuring people are provided with warm food and clothing is crucial and we were happy to assist, but we also recognise the importance of engaging users of the service in conversation and providing them with them with important information and advice.”

Salford Red Devils Foundation staff volunteered their time and donated provisions to the project on Wednesday night.

You can support the Soup ‘N’ Smiles project by donating to their New Year’s Day fundraiser.

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.”