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The Salford Red Devils Academy awards evening was held on Monday 16th April at the Lighthouse UK, the event celebrated the achievements of the young talent emerging from Salford Red Devils U16’s and U19’s teams. Therefore when we were at Salford we grabbed the chance to find out first hand about the evening from second year student Ellis-Jay Banks-Clarke, as well as to find out how he is enjoying attending Salford Red Devils Academy... 
 
 
 
 
 
The Awards Evening 
 
"The awards evening was good for everyone to get together, because the U16's team were present alongside us, and it was great for us to share the event with them." 
 
"One thing I was really proud of was Ged (Gerrad Armstrong) who got the Leon Walker Memorial Award, Ged was emotional upon receiving the award as he knew Leon. Then in his acceptance speech he said that from his perspective one of his awards is that some of the U16’s who he coaches have been awarded the opportunity to go and train with the first team- for me I thought that showed a lot of character for Ged." 
 
"Overall it was a very enjoyable evening- a great team event! We had a few pictures after the awards evening; all of us together and it’s that aspect of just being a team which also makes it very motivational. There were also videos shown of our training & matches, which showcased some of our quality along with the attitude and team spirit we have here at Salford." 
 
What Ellis enjoys about Salford Red Devils Academy 
 
"One of the things I really like about Salford is that they’re trying to breed through local clubs and local talent, instead of opting to buy people they’re really nurturing local talent and giving local players the opportunity to come through and shine. Local players who in comparison will cost less but will actually want to play for Salford and work harder just for the pride of playing. At Salford we're a family team, a good respectful team who make the most of the resources we have. It’s exactly that attitude that is present in the academy as well- we’re like a family, we have our moments but they’re a good set of lads (laughs!). All I ask of them is that they put their full faith and trust in me and I’ll do the same for them: 
 
"If you work together; you win together; you lose together and it’s just one of them."  
 
 
 
 
 
Future plans 
 
 
"I’m not really sure to be honest what I want to do after this course has finished. I am planning on joining the army and continuing to play sports and then if I can’t do that then I’m willing to go wherever the wind takes me. At the moment though there’s no certain plans, but I’m open to options that will become available to me through doing this course. That's what has been great about this course, its taught me a lot about the theory behind sport- something I wouldn’t have ever known without it, it’s opened up a lot of doors for me and it has been a fantastic experience." 
Salford Red Devils Academy are currently enrolling for their 2018-19 academic intake, for further information on joining the academy in September 2018:  
 
Contact 
Player Performance Manager Danny Barton 
Telephone: 07532042666 
Email: danny.barton@salfordreddevils.net 
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