On Saturday the 20th of November, Salford City Roosters rugby league club opened their new clubhouse, funded by the Rugby League World Cup and Salford City Council.
Chairman Chris Irwin was there alongside Salford Mayor Paul Dennett. Ryan Brierley and Brodie Croft from the Salford Red Devils were also there for the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon.
Mayor of Salford, Paul Dennett said that the new clubhouse is “a great asset in the community and a great tribute and memory of Alfrieda Kindon.”
Great to pop along this morning to the official opening of @SalfordRoosters new club house with Councillor Lancaster, @SalfordLeisure, officers from @SalfordCouncil & @RLWC2021.
Great asset in the community & a great tribute & legacy in memory of Alfrieda Kindon #SpiritOfSalford pic.twitter.com/WJFNlfirs8
— SalfordMayor (@salford_mayor) November 20, 2021
After its opening Mr Irwin said: “I’m absolutely elated. It’s something that the club has dreamt of for 10-15 years and to see it come to fruition is an incredible feeling.
“As a club we’re massively grateful for everyone who has played a part in making it happen”
Ryan Brierley had the honour of cutting the ribbon to officially open the new clubhouse.
He said on twitter: ‘Thanks for having us, good luck with the new clubhouse.’
Thanks for having us, good luck with the new clubhouse 👍 https://t.co/afx695drEw
— Ryan Brierley (@RyanBrierley) November 21, 2021
Mr Irwin said: “It’s fantastic that the Red Devils wanted to be around and support the opening.
“It’s fantastic for the kids to see players like Ryan [Brierley]. It’s quite aspirational for those kids to see that they’re real-life people and not just rugby league heroes.”
The club were awarded £434,863 by the Rugby League World Cup to assist in their project.
An honour to witness the opening of the new @SalfordRoosters clubhouse and see the years of hard work and planning by the club! 🙌@RyanBrierley [@SalfordDevils] handled the pressure to cut the ribbon so players and members could see the new facility 🏉#RLWC2021 pic.twitter.com/3co8aMDqPw
— Rugby League World Cup 2021 (@RLWC2021) November 20, 2021
“What’s fantastic is that they [The Rugby League World Cup] want to leave a legacy behind after the world cup and things like this and other clubhouses that they’ve funded leave that legacy that will help grow rugby league in the UK for years to come,” said Mr Irwin.
He also paid respect to former club secretary Alfrieda Kindon who died this year, stating: “it was always her dream to have a new clubhouse.”
The Roosters currently compete in the North West Counties divisions at open age; however, Mr Irwin identified their aspirations moving forward with these new facilities.
He added: “This facility deserves the highest level of community rugby league.”
“We want to get a girls team going this year and at some stage, I’d love to have a physical disabilities rugby league team”.