SRD Foundation to host trials for Wales Physical Disability World Cup squad

Salford Red Devils Foundation are proud to be hosting the trials at Eccles Sixth Form College for the Wales Physical Disability World Cup squad on Sunday 18th July at 2pm, as part of its ongoing commitment to providing access to rugby league for all in the community.

The first-class facilities will form a central base for ongoing training sessions delivered by highly qualified Wales Rugby League coaches and aided and supported by Salford Red Devils Foundation.

Salford Red Devils Foundation director Neil Blackburn said: “Salford Red Devils and Wales RL have a fantastic partnership in place and we are thrilled to be able to host their PDRL world cup squad.

“We currently run a Learning Disability Super League team and are actively looking to further develop our disability delivery so the opportunity to link up is perfect.”

The first session will be held on Sunday 18th July and this will give the opportunity for anyone who is interested to attend and join in with the activities.

Trialists need to be born in Wales, have lived in Wales for at least five years or have Welsh heritage – at least one parent or grandparent born in Wales. If you have any of these qualifications, you may get the opportunity to join the squad but if you don’t, all are still welcome to attend this open access session.

To register or for more information, please contact:

PDRL Rules 

  • 9 women and men in a team with a physical disability
  • PDRL is a running format
  • Full contact and touch based on colour of shorts

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 The Salford 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 / The Salford Stadium

To register your interest in the Rising Stars Programme please email 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

SRD Foundation announced as Walkabout Printworks Charity Partner

The Salford Red Devils Foundation are delighted to have been announced as the Official Charity Partner of popular Manchester bar and restaurant Walkabout.

The Australian themed bar set in their brand new location in the Printworks complex has established itself as one of the premium locations to watch rugby league in the city.
Walkabout already sponsor the club’s Head Coach Ian Watson, as well as Director of Rugby Tim Sheens, and this new partnership will not only strengthen the growing relationship between the bar and the club, but raise thousands of pounds for community programmes.
To celebrate the launch of the charity partnership, staff from the Red Devils, featuring Club Ambassador Adrian Morley, took on a Walkabout side in their infamous Man vs Food Challenge. The Red Devils came out on top after eating a mammoth amount of food in the 30 min time slot.
Walkabout General Manager Martin Angus oversaw the recent Man vs Food challenge, which launched the partnership and is looking forwards to seeing it develop;
“As everyone knows we are a great place to relax, enjoy good food and watch sport, but what most don’t know is that we are committed to raising money for good causes close to our heart, Working with the Red Devils Foundation over the next 12 months will see us help to make a real impact on the local community through their various fantastic health and education programmes. It’s a great fit for us and we are looking forward to working together to raise a lot of money for the charity.”
Foundation Director Mark Brocklehurst is delighted with the partnership and feels it can really make a difference;
“It’s great that we’ve been announced as Walkabout’s official charity partners, with their support we’ll be able to build on the community work we already do and fantastic to have such a big name like Walkabout on board”
For more information about the partnership, please visit or call a member of the team on 0161 7861591 Alternatively visit to find out how you can watch rugby league locally or take on the Man vs Food Challenge.

SRD Foundation to feature on shirt this Saturday

Those eagle eyed Salford Red Devils supporters will notice something different about the kit this weekend as the club takes on the Catalan Dragons. The Salford Red Devils Foundation will feature on the front of the Devils playing jersey for the first time this season.
Alcohol licensing laws in France prohibits the advertising of alcohol on kits and as such the Red Devils are taking the opportunity to showcase and honour the community work being done by the club, and broadcast its community programmes to the wider world.
Behind the scenes, the club delivers 1000s of hours of community initiatives across Greater Manchester and beyond. Players such as Captain Tommy Lee, and club ambassador Adrian Morley alongside club mascot Doctor Devil lead the way as Red Devils players and coaching staff feature in hundreds of player promotions each year.
Under the umbrella of its very own Foundation a team of dedicated coaches, teachers and volunteers deliver a range of sport, health and education based programmes. Working with over 125 schools in the last year, across Salford, Manchester, Trafford and Bury, the clubs community operation has its own museum and classroom facilities at the The Salford Stadium.
The Foundation delivers a range of projects including our Tackle Men’s Health initiative, a schools coaching programme, community club development work, a Red Devils Dance Academy and our very own Rising Stars Player Development Programme amongst much much more
If you’ve seen the shirt live, or on Sky TV and want to find out more on how you and your business or school could get involved please call a member of staff on 0161 7861591
The highly anticipated Super League clash kicks off at 5pm GMT, and you will be able to see this very limited edition shirt in action live on Sky Sports 2.

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