Category: Community

SALFORD TO HOST ‘BLUE LIGHT’ CELEBRATION WITH EMERGENCY SERVICES

Salford Red Devils will host a ‘Blue Light’ celebration of the region’s emergency services at their Betfred Super League fixture on Sunday 21st July at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The event will have representatives from Greater Manchester Police, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, North West Ambulance Service and North West Air Ambulance in attendance at Salford’s match against Challenge Cup holders Catalans Dragons.
Salford Red Devils director Paul King said: “We’re delighted to be holding this celebration of our emergency services.
“The response and collaboration we have had from them all has been fantastic and will help us put on a great day for families to enjoy and show their appreciation.
“There’s going to be lots of attractions to enjoy on the day and we’re seeing this as the perfect opportunity to introduce people to real-life heroes, both on and off the field.”
Each of the emergency services will be interacting with supporters, allowing them to gain first hand experience with the staff, vehicles, animals and equipment which keep the public safe.
There will also be live demonstrations taking place ahead of the game, before the competitive action kicks-off and a mascot race takes place at half-time.
Sgt Lee McCarthy of Greater Manchester Police said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of GMP and our partners across the emergency services, as well as enjoy a day’s rugby.
“Any opportunity we can get that provides a platform for the public to come and ask questions, see what we do and have a look at some of the kit that we use on a daily basis is a huge positive.
“The club have done a lot to orchestrate it and get everyone around the table and we were keen to get involved from the outset. The team are really looking forward to it and it should be a fun day.”
NWAA Regional Fundraiser Jennifer Barry said: “Everyone at the North West Air Ambulance Charity is very excited to be attending the Blue Light Day at Salford Red Devils.
“As the team’s local air ambulance, our life-saving service is solely funded by the generosity of the public and as such we are delighted to have the opportunity to showcase the amazing work of our crew and raise much-needed funds. 
“We will be running a collection on the day so please some spare change and help us cheer Salford on in style.”
With the match against the Dragons set to take place in the summer heat, the presence of GMFRS fire engines will be particularly appropriate.
Area Manager Damian O’Rourke from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “We are really pleased to be a part of Salford Red Devils’ event.
“We want to ensure that members of the public can have fun whilst staying safe and this event will allow us to highlight a number of key themes that Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service are focusing on this summer, including water safety and deliberate fires involving young people.”
Rob Silcock, Salford Operations Manager for North West Ambulance Service said: “This is a great opportunity to get together with our emergency services colleagues for a celebration and give the local community a chance to see the work that we all do.
“We’re really looking forward to the day and are grateful to the Red Devils for allowing us to attend and showcase our fantastic staff.”
Tickets for the ‘Blue Light’ event can be purchased from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570, or online HERE. The match between Salford Red Devils and Catalans Dragons will kick-off at 3pm, with activities taking place at the stadium throughout the afternoon.

APPLAUSE TO BE HELD IN MEMORY OF CADISHEAD PLAYER

Salford Red Devils will hold a minute’s applause in memory of Cadishead Rhinos player Petro Dixon, ahead of the club’s Super League match against Huddersfield Giants on Thursday 4th July.
Everyone at Salford Red Devils would like to send their condolences to the family and friends of Petro and were saddened to hear of the 10-year-old’s tragic passing.
He died in hospital on Sunday, June 23, after a freak accident which occurred at the end of a Cadishead u12s game on Saturday, June 22.
No blame is apportioned and everything was done to save Petro, who had an undiagnosed brain condition.
The Rugby League Benevolent Fund has supported the family, and also the Cadishead club, who are one of Salford Red Devils Foundation’s community clubs.
Salford Red Devils supporters are urged to donate to the Just Giving Fund, which has been set up to assist Petro’s family. Click HERE for more information.

Salford Red Devils Foundation Touch Tournament returns

Salford Red Devils Foundation’s annual touch rugby afternoon with Warrington Wolves is back for 2019.
The tournament will take place on Thursday 13 June from 4pm-7pm and aims to raise thousands of pounds for the life-changing community health work of their charitable foundations.
Entry cost is £300 per team (10-12 players per team), including a drinks and food reception after the game.
Whether it’s helping people with disabilities get involved with rugby league or using sport as a tool to help people cope with mental illness, these foundations are doing amazing work for health in the North West.
Anyone can get involved, and it’s a great way to get your people out of the office for a fantastic cause.
Simply sign up your team of 10-12 players and we’ll do the rest.
When4-7PM, Thursday 13th June 2019
Where: A J Bell Stadium, 1 Stadium Way, Salford, M30 7EY
Sign up: Dawn Jones on 01925 420685 / dawn.jones@assura.co.uk
Can’t make that date? You can still donate – just contact Dawn.

SALFORD CITY ROOSTERS RECEIVE WORLD CUP GRANT

Salford City Roosters have received £377,863 from the CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants Legacy Programme.
The grant, which has been awarded to help more people play rugby league at grassroots level in the North West, will fund the club’s new community clubhouse.
Salford City Roosters Rugby League Club, in partnership with Salford City Council, is set to receive £377,863 from the CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants Programme. Delivered in partnership between RLWC2021, the sport’s national governing body, the Rugby Football League, Sport England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, the CreatedBy programme is a funding pot of up to £10million made available by the government to support the legacy of the Rugby League World Cup by growing participation in the sport.
Salford City Roosters are one of Salford Red Devils Foundation’s community clubs and have a proud forty year plus history. While firmly rooted in its community, the club has achieved successes developing players who have attained county and international status. With a clubhouse well past its best, the club’s survival would have been in doubt. But with plans to create modern changing rooms and a clubroom space which will have the flexibility to be used for many different activities, the Roosters have a sustainable future ahead of them, nurturing grassroots rugby league in an area of high social need.
This grant award has been matched pound for pound by joint funding from the club itself, Salford City Council, Booths Charities, Salford Community Leisure and For Housing to help make the Roosters’ plans a reality.
Alfrieda Kindon, Club Secretary at Salford City Roosters said, “We’re delighted to receive this grant and would like to thank the RLWC2021, the RFL and other local organisations – especially Salford Community Leisure, who have worked so hard with us to achieve our goal. The grant means so much to us, and the proposed new facilities will secure our future, attract more members, and will be of benefit to the local community. We have a very exciting future to look forward to.”
Jon Dutton, Chief Executive, RLWC2021, said: “The CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants Programme is focused on ensuring the next generation of rugby league players have the best possible experience and barriers to participate are removed. We are delighted to award this grant to Salford City Roosters Rugby League Club and look forward to seeing the results of this investment that aims to deliver real change in their community.”
Ralph Rimmer, Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League, said: “Hosting the Rugby League World Cup in 2021 offers so many opportunities for everyone involved in the game in this country and beyond, and the facilities that will be delivered by the CreatedBy RLWC2021 Capital Grants Programme will be a big part of that transformation. The RFL are proud to be involved in that process, and we congratulate all the successful applicants – and look forward to the impact of this unprecedented level of investment in the game for years to come.”
Charles Johnston, Property Director, Sport England, said: “We are proud to be working in partnership to deliver the biggest government investment into grassroots rugby league facilities the country has ever seen. With this funding, communities will gain better access to the facilities, improved infrastructure and essential equipment they need to be active. We are pleased the investment will provide benefit to people engaging in the men’s, women’s and wheelchair game, with a focus on those disadvantaged areas where inactivity levels are stubbornly high. By focusing our efforts on increasing participation in the game, we’re ensuring that the Rugby League World Cup’s legacy lasts long after the last ball has been kicked and the crowds have gone home.”
The Rugby League World Cup 2021 will kick off on 23 October 2021, with the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions taking place simultaneously, under one tournament banner for the first time.
Clubs, organisations and communities that run rugby league activities are encouraged to apply for this legacy funding by visiting www.rlwc2021.com/facilities. For further information visit their official social media channels, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

FOUNDATION ISSUE HUGE THANKS

Salford Red Devils Foundation would like to give a huge thank you to everyone who has come forward with offers of alternative transport to allow their Learning Disability Rugby League team to feature at Magic Weekend.
While notice is too short for updated risk assessments and consent forms to be processed to allow the full team to travel, some members will now have the opportunity to take part in the showpiece event.
A Just Giving appeal has been set up to allow the foundation to purchase a new minibus and ensure these opportunities will always be open to those involved in foundation programmes.
Neil Blackburn, manager of Salford Red Devils Foundation, said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the response from other organisations and individuals.
“While it’s a shame that the full group won’t be able to attend, we’re thrilled that some of them will now have the chance to make the most of this opportunity.
“Seeing all the messages of support has been heartwarming and reinforces that there is support for our fledgling group, who are only just coming together.
He added: “Unfortunately we’re still in the situation where we’re without a long-term solution, so any assistance there would be greatly appreciated.
“We’re only a small charity, so incidents out of our control like the theft, will always be an obstacle.
“We’ve set up a Just Giving page to help us raise funds for a new bus now, so hopefully we can get back to running at full capacity soon.”
Salford Red Devils Foundation’s next LDRL session will be held at 6:30pm on Monday 3rd June at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The sessions are open to anyone aged 14+, without any need for previous experience. For further details and to confirm your attendance, please email: neil.blackburn@salfordreddevils.net
Click HERE to donate to the foundation’s Just Giving appeal.
Salford Red Devils Foundation’s minibus was stolen from the AJ Bell Stadium at 12:20pm on Wednesday 15th May 2019. CCTV footage captures the vehicle, which has the registration number YR13 GKC, exiting the car park at speed.
Anyone with information which could prove to be helpful to the criminal investigation can email: enquiries@salfordreddevils.net
If anyone is able to provide assistance to Salford Red Devils Foundation while they are without a bus, to ensure their work throughout the city continues or can directly assist in the long-term purchase of a vehicle, please email: neil.blackburn@salfordreddevils.net

LEARNING DISABILITY TEAM NOT TO COMPETE AT MAGIC WEEKEND

Salford Red Devils Foundation’s Learning Disability Rugby League team will be unable to compete at the Dacia Magic Weekend, after the foundation’s minibus was stolen from the AJ Bell Stadium.
The LDRL team were set to step out on the Anfield turf at half-time during the St Helens vs Castleford Tigers match on Sunday.
A Just Giving appeal has now been set up to allow the foundation to purchase a new minibus and end the restrictions on their activity.
Neil Blackburn, Salford Red Devils Foundation manager, said: “Competing at Magic Weekend would have been a fantastic experience for the team and we’re really disappointed they won’t be able to take part.
“Having the opportunity for them to step out at a Premier League ground just hours after the Salford Red Devils first team is unbelievable for a group that has only come together recently.
“Unfortunately this is just one of many instances where our activity has been restricted since the minibus was stolen.
“We used it to facilitate health, sport and educational programmes throughout the community, as well as transport equipment for our physical and learning disability programmes.”
He added: “At the moment we’re scrambling around in cars to make sure we’re still able to deliver for the community, but this is limiting us and can’t continue.
“Any assistance that can be provided would be hugely appreciated, whether that’s an offer of alternative transport, or a donation to our Just Giving page.
“We just want to keep providing for our community and make sure they don’t miss out on anymore opportunities.”
Click HERE to donate to the foundation’s Just Giving appeal.
Salford Red Devils Foundations mini bus was stolen from the AJ Bell Stadium at 12:20pm on Wednesday 15th May 2019. CCTV footage captures the bus, which has the registration number YR13 GKC, exiting the car park at speed.
Anyone with information which could prove to be helpful to the criminal investigation can email: enquiries@salfordreddevils.net
If anyone is able to provide assistance to Salford Red Devils Foundation while they are without a bus, to ensure their work throughout the city continues or can directly assist in the long term purchase of a vehicle, please email: neil.blackburn@salfordreddevils.net

RED DEVILS FOUNDATION BUS STOLEN

Salford Red Devils Foundation’s mini bus was stolen from the AJ Bell Stadium yesterday afternoon.
CCTV footage from 12:20pm captures the bus, which has the registration number YR13 GKC, exiting the car park at speed.
The foundation bus is used to facilitate coaching and educational programmes throughout the community, as well as transporting equipment for the first team.
Salford Red Devils place significant importance on these interactions with organisations in the local area and are therefore hugely disappointed by this incident.
Anyone with information which could prove to be helpful to criminal investigation can email: enquiries@salfordreddevils.net
If anyone is able to provide assistance to Salford Red Devils Foundation while they are without a bus, to ensure their work throughout the city continues, please email: neil.blackburn@salfordreddevils.net
To find out more on how to donate to Salford Red Devils Foundation to raise money for a new mini bus click HERE.

RED ANGELS TO UNITE WITH SAINTS

Salford Red Devils and St Helens’ cheerleaders will take part in a joint-performance at Friday’s Super League fixture between the two teams at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
The Red Angels and Saints Angels previously collaborated at the AJ Bell Stadium in February.
Red Angels head coach Georgina Bieluinas said: “It’s a good experience, which gives them another outlet and exposes them to a different style of dance.
“They seem to be loving it and they’re already asking when we can do the next one.
“We’ve established that connection with Saints now. Me and their coach get on really well and the facilities they’ve got are amazing.
“We also hope to work with other teams going forward and are looking at opportunities to do so.”
Salford Red Devils supporters can purchase tickets for the trip to St Helens from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office or over the phone on 0161 786 1570. Click HERE for further details.
The Red Angels, who are sponsored by Style Logistics and SuperJosh, are currently looking for a community room to use as a training facility. If you have a space available for use, or would like to find out more about the Red Angles email: gina04_1@hotmail.com

FANS’ FORUM ANNOUNCED

Salford Red Devils will hold a fans’ forum meeting on Thursday 16th May, at the AJ Bell Stadium.
The event will take place from 6:30pm in the museum on level 1 at the stadium.
The announcement of this meeting comes after a number of Red Devils fans expressed their desire to become involved in increasing the club’s growth and sustainability.
Supporters are requested to attend with a willingness to take action on decisions made at the meeting.
Those who plan on attending are also asked to email ahead where possible and direct any queries to: enquiries@salfordreddevils.net

Salford Red Devils get ready to host ‘Salford Health day’ in partnership with AJ Bell

This Sunday its World Health day and to celebrate Salford Red Devils RLFC are hosting with the Salford Red Devils Foundation in partnership with AJ Bell “Salford Health Day”
Good health and wellbeing are essential to lead a happier life within our community and therefore we are promoting  “Active living and Healthy Eating” in conjunction with;
Salford Clinical Commissioning Group, Salford Council, Salford Royal Foundation Trust, Oasis-GB, Salford Metropolitan Athletic Club, , Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, ABL Health, Salford University, Salford Community and Voluntary Services and AJ Bell.
As part of Salford Health Day our partners have organised a range of health initiatives to take part in before the match and at half time including; free health checks on the health bus, a health walk, walking football and a 100-metre challenge where finalists will compete at half-time on the pitch.
Also during half time we will be asking fans to participate in demonstration of Tai Chi to highlight simple activities that can improve wellbeing.
Tickets for our game against Hull FC on Sunday 7th April are now available to purchase from the AJ Bell Stadium Ticket Office, over the phone on 0161 786 1570 or online HERE.