19 October 2007
Rugby League is being reborn in Lower Broughton, Salford, nearly 75 years after a team last played in the area and All Golds' and New Zealand Warriors star Steve Price hooked up with the Reds' own Kiwi duo Robbie Paul and Phil Leuluai, along with New Broughton Rangers captain Dave Gooch on the new playing field at Countryside Properties New Broughton development to promote the scheme.
The team is set to make its debut on the Summer Conference in 2008 and the Reds are involved to help get the project going alongside the work they already provide for the areas other amateur clubs.
Australian test star Price is in England ahead of Saturday's historic clash against the Northern Union at Warrington.
The hunt is now on for budding or existing rugby players – young or old – to join the new club and build on Salford’s historic success in rugby league.
The New Broughton Rangers club is bringing the game back to the area with the support of Salford City Reds and those who get involved with the team will be offered opportunities to train as coaches and gain professional qualifications.
The Club is being created as part of a joint initiative between Countryside Properties, social landlord Contour Homes and Salford City Reds, and will provide facilities for rugby league fans in Broughton who are currently forced to travel out of the area to play, or watch the game. Salford City Reds successfully applied for a National Sports Foundation award and this will match funding from Countryside Properties and Contour Housing to re-establish rugby in the area.
Ben Cramant, Community Rugby League Development Officer for Salford City Reds said: “We’re really looking forward to working with existing Salfordians and new residents from across Greater Manchester to create the team. Lower Broughton is an area that has historically had great success with Rugby League through the original Broughton Rangers team who changed their name and transferred to Manchester some 75 years ago. We’d like to bring some of that success back for the New Broughton community.”
The teams will play and train on a specially created pitch at the heart of Countryside Properties’ New Broughton development and local residents are being encouraged to get involved as players, supporters or trainee coaches.
Les Brown, Project Director from Countryside Properties said: “The New Broughton Rangers is a great initiative for the community to get involved in. The team will help to build on the fantastic sense of community spirit that already exists in Lower Broughton and we really hope people will take part in some way. If you don’t like the idea of playing there will be lots of other opportunities to help with training or even become a professionally qualified coach.“
In addition to adult squads, there will an under 10s team for both boys and girls and it is hoped that training with them will start as soon as possible so they can compete over the winter. Training for the adults is expected to start in March next year in time for next year’s playing season.
Samantha McHale from Contour said: “There is nothing better than sport to build a strong community and fortunately Broughton already has a great foundation for us to build on. As well as contacting the club we will have ambassadors ‘on the ground’ living in the community who will be on hand to offer advice and support on how you can get involved. Who knows we could even be supplying players for the 2012 Rugby League World Cup!”
For information on joining or supporting the team please contact Ben Cramant at Salford City Reds on 0161 737 5515