One thing every rugby league fan in this country seems to cry out for, is expansion across an international stage.
People often make the argument that rugby league is too centralised in England – especially the north – and Australia – especially in Sydney – and that needs to change for the betterment of the game.
Well, no one can accuse Salford of not doing their fair share in the name of expansion. The Red Devils, who themselves are facing uncertain times with no Head Coach yet appointed for 2022 nor a settled home ground going forward, have today announced an exciting new partnership with the Rugby League Federation Ghana.
The aim of this new partnership is to support the development of the sport – both players and coaches – in Ghana by providing development programmes. Meanwhile, it will offer marketing support and promotion of the game in the country.
At the heart of the initiative will be the Salford Red Devils Ghana National Rugby League Development Centre where courses will take place all funded by the club.
In mid-2022 three developing coaches funded by Salford will come over to Salford to experience an elite rugby league environment before Salford staff visit Ghana later in 2022 to deliver sessions and support development.
Salford will also be observing developing players in the programmes with opportunities for promising players to join the club’s player pathway scheme.
The Ghana National Team Coach Andy Gilvary spoke excitedly about the partnership when asked by the club’s official website: “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.”
Meanwhile, Salford Chief Executive Chairman Paul King shared his enthusiasm: “Ghana has a tremendous history of producing world class athletes across many sporting arenas, the opportunity to be able to tap into this incredible talent pool whilst also introducing the Salford brand to over 30 million new pairs of eyes is tremendously exciting. We are committing time, energy, and resources to this partnership to ensure its success over a prolonged period and are delighted to lead the way with the first arrangement of its type on the African continent.”