Salford Red Devils will stand as one before every game this season in support of the Rugby Football League’s TACKLE IT campaign.
When the 2020 Betfred Super League season restarted in August last year, the RFL, Super League, RL Cares, RLWC2021 and a number of clubs showed their support of the Black Lives Matter anti-racism message, including Salford.
Rugby league has since developed TACKLE IT – an anti-racism, anti-discrimination action plan that that will focus on improving the sport’s reach, appeal, diversity, culture and tackle ALL kinds of discrimination – specifically racial discrimination and equality as these are areas that require the most attention currently.
Increasing inclusion and diversity whilst tackling all forms of discrimination, including racism, is key to the growth and success of rugby league. The TACKLE IT action plan is sport-wide and sets out specific measures which the sport is taking together to deliver real change.
Salford Red Devils are playing our part in delivering the TACKLE IT commitments to make a positive, lasting difference. We are doing so because Black Lives Matter and Rugby League stands in solidarity with players, coaches, match officials, fans, volunteers, staff, and supporters in the struggle against racism and discrimination in sport and in society.
There will be a 13-second window at the start of each league and cup game where clubs will line up on the 20m line, facing their own dugouts, and will be asked to demonstrate their support of TACKLE IT. A play-led decision, Salford have chosen to express their support of the TACKLE IT campaign by standing in solidarity, hand on badge.
You can find out more on the TACKLE IT campaign here.