As part of the clubs plans to expand its presence within the local community, the Salford Red Devils have launched the player ambassador schools programme.
Building on the already extensive work carried out by the the Salford Red Devils Foundation in schools across Salford, Bury, Manchester and Trafford, the club have assigned official player ambassadors to a number of partner schools, whilst sending first team players out to primary and Secondary Schools across the area.
In 2016 the Foundation have delivered thousands of hours of specialist rugby and dance coaching in over 120 primary schools and 30 high schools, engaging with thousands of girls of boys, many of whom are experiencing rugby league for the first time.
In the last few weeks the entire Salford Red Devils first team squad has been active in supporting the Foundation in this delivery, visiting schools to give coaching sessions, assemblies, and being on hand to take questions on what it takes to be a top rugby player.
Foundation Mark Brocklehurst has been working hard to expand the education programme further and is delighted by the impact the first team players have had, he said;
“Having the player ambassador programme is fantastic, you can see the effect meeting the players has on the kids, they are inspired. We currently working on a ticket deal to make professional rugby league as accessible as possible to school children and hopefully we can inspire the next generation of Red Devils supporters”.
Moving into 2017, the Red Devils will continue to work closely with schools and community groups across Salford, as we look to spread the gospel of rugby league.
For more information on the the work that the Salford Red Devils Foundation carry out in schools across Salford and beyond visit www.salfordreddevilsfoundation.co.uk