Activities in Manchester
Salford Red Devils Foundation has been busy working within the City of Manchester to open up the city as an area for rugby league to develop and grow in. Since 2007 we have delivered a systematic programme of coaching & coach education in schools across Manchester. In April 2008 the Reds Foundation took the historic step of appointing its first RL Development Officer.
SRDF have an excellent partnership with St Peters RC High School, which acts as a hub for rugby league in the East Manchester area. The school took to rugby league fantastically and has unleashed a new generation of rugby players, coaches, administrators and supports to lead on the development of the game locally. Featured in the picture above is one of many successful winning teams from the school. Success has come quickly not just with the boys but also in the girls teams, whose year 8 side have been back to back national champions at their age group.
The City of Manchester is building a thriving university rugby league scene with the University of Manchester playing an annual varsity match versus Salford University. Considering the emergence of junior club Manchester Storm and open age outfit Mancunians the grass roots scene is looking good with regards to the future.
Away from the community game Manchester born and bred players can now be found in Salford Red Devils player performance pathways. These players have come from successful high school teams such as St Peters and Wright Robinson who regularly progress far at every age group in the national Champions Schools competition.
This activity was topped off by the huge success of Super League’s Magic Weekend, seeing all 14 SL teams play over the 2 days in an event. Magic Weekend has previously been played at Cardiff and Edinburgh, with the Manchester Magic crowds broking all records. This led to the RFL deciding to host the 2013 and 2014 versions in the City.