Tag: Ian Laithwaite

Red Devils Launch 2018 Charity Magic Shirt for Arena victims With Mitsubishi Motors

Salford Red Devils can announce that this season’s Magic Weekend commemorative shirt will unite, once again, the cities of Salford and Manchester, almost exactly one year to the day since the tragedy at the Manchester Arena took place and the lives of 22 people were lost.
A few days later, the Red Devils threw open the gates for their game against Catalan Dragons and raised almost £50k for the emergency fund set up in the wake of the bombing for the victims’ families.
Now, as the Devils prepare to take on the Dragons again, this time in Rugby League’s showpiece event in Newcastle – the Magic Weekend – the Club has come out in support of its friends and neighbours across the river once more and will play in a limited edition ‘We Love Manchester Emergency Fund’ charity kit for the game, featuring the iconic bee logo on the chest with proceeds going to the victim’s families.
Red Devils’ Managing Director Ian Laithwaite said: “One year on our community remains very much affected by the events of that night. Many supporters, not just from Salford but from the rugby league family as a whole, know of people caught up in the tragic events and when we sat down to decide who we should support with our Magic Weekend shirt this season, the decision was made in an instant.
“The timing of Magic Weekend on the eve of the anniversary will be a poignant one for families across the North of England, and we are proud to be a able to play a small part in the events being held to commemorate those who lost their lives so needlessly.
“Many of our fans, staff, players and partners attend the Arena on a regular basis with their families, or live in Manchester. It is therefore something close to all of our hearts.”
During the development of the design, Main Partner, Mitsubishi Motors immediately agreed to relocate their own branding onto the back of the shirt, in order to give the charity more prominence on this historic shirt.
Martin Woodward, Partnership Engagement Manager at Mitsubishi Motors said: “Like the rest of the nation we were shocked and stunned by the tragic events that took place 12 months ago. When the Red Devils contacted us about this wonderful gesture we instantly agreed to move our logo so the iconic bee logo could take pride of place on the front of these special commemorative shirts.”
Salford Red Devils Club Captain Weller Hauraki said: “Nobody will forget that night as the news began to break. Most of the team live and have family around the Manchester area and the Arena is a venue we all know well.
“The emotion of the night when we played the Dragons in the aftermath of the bomb is one that really sticks in the mind. It was an honour to play a small role in the wider community coming together and it will again be a privilege to take a part in remembering those that lost their lives when we run out at St James’ Park in this special jersey almost a year later.”
Vicky Rosin, We Love Manchester Emergency Fund chief operating officer, said: “We are unbelievably grateful for the generous donations to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. The world’s solidarity with our city has been a ray of light in Manchester’s darkest hour. To raise more than £20m is an amazing response. Thanks to everyone who has contributed.
“The kind gestures from Salford Red Devils and Mitsubishi will contribute to helping many people affected by the terrible events of 22 May 2017.
“We have done our very best, with guidance from clinicians, to distribute the money so generously raised by the public, and we continue to look at options for helping as many people as possible from the funds that remain.”
To pre-order your limited edition We Love Manchester Magic Weekend Shirt click this link. https://www.salfordreddevilsshop.com/replica
£5 from each purchase will be donated to the fund.
The We Love Manchester Emergency Fund was set up to help victims of the bombing on 22 May 2017. So far, more than £20m has been raised, with over £16m having already been committed to helping those who suffered in the attack. More details are available at the website: www.manchesteremergencyfund.com.
 
 
 

Commercial | Salford Red Devils confirm Official Energy Partner

Salford Red Devils are delighted to confirm dontwastemoney.co.uk as the Club’s Official Energy Partner.
Dontwastemoney.co.uk are committed to helping customers get fairer prices and better deals.
Salford Red Devils Managing Director Ian Laithwaite said: “I’m delighted to confirm dontwastemoney.co.uk as the Club’s Official Energy Partner.
“It is fantastic that the Club have managed to bring a key partner such as dontwastemoney.co.uk on board who can help both business and domestic users and will allow the Salford Red Devils fans to save money on their energy bills.
“We are looking forward to a fruitful and positive relationship between ourselves and dontwastemoney.co.uk.”
Head of Commercial and Partnerships, Lewis Ashall, said: “It is a great honour for dontwastemoney.co.uk to be the Official Energy Partner of Salford Red Devils RLFC. We are privileged to work alongside such a historic Club.
“Through our partnership we will be able to help local business and the community to be more aware of their energy spend and assist them in making informed decisions regarding their energy usage and utility supplier while simultaneously generating revenue to be invested in the Club.
“Here at dontwastemoney.co.uk, we help businesses source the correct contracts no matter how big or small their spend is. We can also tailor energy management plans to each business’ individual requirements. From smart metering to multi-site management, we have a solution. We also help domestic users switch to cheaper supply with our free no obligation comparison site.
“Again, it is a great honour and privilege to be partnered with one of the North West’s most recognisable sporting names and we trust the relationship will be hugely beneficial to both parties.”
Michael Jackson, of Elite Sports Management, is the commercial agent who introduced dontwastemoney.co.uk to Salford Red Devils and is pleased with the partnership.
Jackson said: “It’s fantastic to see two great companies with my help. I hope to bring more brands into Rugby League in the future.”
For more information visit dontwastemoney.co.uk.

Red Devils Ink Deal with Printing Giants

Salford Red Devils are delighted to announce a partnership with Printerland – the UK’s largest supplier of printers and consumables.
Printerland branding has been visible on the East Stand of the AJ Bell Stadium for the past two seasons and this new deal will further enhance that as the Red Devils official website will now carry the company’s branding on it.
By becoming Official Website Sponsor of the Red Devils, Printerland will have access to the many thousands of fans who visit the site to catch up on the latest stories and happenings in the Betfred Super League.
Red Devils’ Managing Director Ian Laithwaite said: “Joining forces with a company of the size and stature of Printerland continues to show our determination to drive our own brand forward. The fact they sell one in every three laser printers bought in the UK should give an indication of their importance.
“Printerland are active within rugby union and our community already so bringing them into rugby league is a great move for both parties. We look forward to working with them as we move forward.”
Printerland Managing Director James Kight added: “We have a long-standing passion for all things ‘Rugby’ and our new sponsorship deal with Salford is a great addition to aid our commitment to encourage the local community to take part in the sport.”
“We’re looking forward to a new partnership with a club with such a great history and working to help drive success in its exciting future ahead.”

Management Changes Moving the Reds Forward

Salford Red Devils can confirm change of management within the Club under the new ownership structure.
There is a huge need within the community for the Club to play an integral role in bringing young players all the way through to the first team.  The Club therefore has a pressing need for a senior role to concentrate solely on rugby performance and the management of a strategy that enables young players to progress through the ranks, innovative recruitment policies and the management of all playing operations.
The Club can therefore announce that Ian Blease will take up the role of Director of Rugby & Operations reporting directly to the new board. Former Club Captain and Salford born Ian Blease said: “We have been discussing for some time how the club can maximise the new set up and I’m honoured and excited to be taking this new role, leading our Rugby recruitment and strategy going forward.
“We will be on the search for talent to wear the Salford shirt with pride and I will soon be sitting down with Coach Watson and his assistants to look at how we can retain, strengthen and recruit for next season. I will also be focusing our attention on sports in general in and around Salford, looking for the next elite athletes.
“We will also look to introduce some sports and hopefully teams into the club that we haven’t tried before, working closely with our Community Foundation. This will obviously take some time to plan and strategise, but why not, ambitions never did anyone any harm. We will also need to align ourselves with Super League, the RFL and the sport in general to be prepared for change as it goes through some potential transitional changes”.
The need to increase commercial revenue and sponsorship remain, along with the need for tight control on the financial management of the club. Newly appointed Ian Laithwaite will take on the role of Managing Director and will focus on all things financial and commercial.
The new MD states: “Salford Red Devils is a club steeped in history and there are exciting times ahead. I have worked in sport for some time but never have I had such a wealth of businesses within such a small catchment area.
“Companies within Salford and Manchester that are interested in a commercial partnership need to get in touch and get involved. This is a great club which relies on its community to enable success”.
Anyone wishing to get involved should email the new MD at ian.laithwaite@salfordreddevils.net.