This weekend, the Salford Red Devils community coaching apparel was delivered in Accra, the capital of Ghana, to an incredibly talented group of Rugby League Federation Ghana (RLFG) staff.
In 2022, the development team will be aiming to reach over 3000 participants in Ghana in a range of activities from schools, clubs, military and indeed to the pinnacle of the Ghana national team, in preparation for the Middle East Africa Rugby League Championships in September.
The community coaching team is composed of players, club managers, committee members and dedicated rugby league enthusiasts, all focused on seeing the game grow across the nation as the sport celebrates it’s 10-year anniversary in the country.
RLFG General Manager, Jafaru Mustapha, commented “Rugby league has come a long way in Ghana since 2012, but we are ready to take it to the next level.
“We want more players, more coaches, more supporters and of course to be the number one playing rugby league nation in Africa. With the support of Salford Red Devils, we believe this is firmly achievable.”
The world of Rugby League is expanding; something Salford Red Devils have been participating in over the past year, as we revealed our partnerships in Australia, Wales and Ghana. This year is the 10th anniversary of Rugby League Federation Ghana and to celebrate our ongoing collaboration, we’re launching a limited-edition Ghana tee.
Salford Red Devils have teamed up with Rugby League Federation Ghana and VX3 to produce a design for the Ghana development team to wear for the 2022 season. A small number have been produced for general release to give supporters the opportunity to own and wear a piece of club history.
The long-term partnership with Rugby League Federation Ghana has multiple aims; from promoting the sport, developing coaches, players and supplying equipment. The Ghana tee was revealed for the first time at Salford Red Devils first pre-season friendly in January 2022. The Salford and Swinton derby was attended by special guests including Remond Safi (Middle East-Africa Regional Director) and Andy Gilvary (National Team Coach).
Remond Safi, MEA Regional Director, said: “This partnership will pave the way to a new era in RLFG and Africa, the partnership will embrace a rugby league culture in Ghana capturing the raw talent of the next generation.
“The relationship will add value to the foundation of the sport in Africa and open opportunities for players, coaching/match officials and administrative pathways.
“Salford Red Devils embarking on this unique partnership with Ghana is setting a blueprint for the others to follow with an ambition of being innovative within, bringing a new audience and developing new experiences for fans and the sport.”
Andy Gilvary, National Team Coach, commented: “The significance of this partnership has come at exactly the right time for Ghana. With more players, volunteers, clubs and supporters than ever before, Salford will be able to steer the next generation of rugby league enthusiast in the country.
“The hope is, we will see Ghanaian players representing Salford in the Super League at some point in the future along with the club identity being embedded across the nation. Ghana remains committed to being the number one rugby league playing nation in Africa and we know Salford will help us to get there.”
The main feature of the partnership will be the ‘Salford Red Devils Ghana National Rugby League Development Centre.’ It’s an exciting project to be part of and we are delighted to reveal the first in a range of kit for the Development Centre.
About the Salford Red Devils Ghana Partnership Tee by VX3:
Made from lightweight, durable VenTEC fabric, this is the Tee shirt the Ghana development team will be wearing for the 2022 season.
This product is perfect as a training tee as it is moisture wicking and quick drying.
Show your support for the Salford Red Devils Ghana team this season in this uniquely designed T-shirt featuring the Ghanaian flag printed into the fabric of the shirt. Buy yours HERE.