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Salford Red Devils Education Academy had a massive day last Friday when they opened up for the first league game between Salford Devils RLFC and Wigan Warriors RLFC on the main pitch and beat Wigan Warriors Education Academy 46-16!! Everyone was riding high off the back of this fantastic win, and when not training or in lessons a good portion of time was spent re-watching footage of the game and reliving the highlights. However, between all this we did manage to catch a quick interview with man of the match Tom Farr (pictured below) and hear all about the game from his perspective... 
 
“The whole week before, once we got the green light that the match was going ahead everyone was buzzing and very excited for it. Although Playing on the main pitch was hard, I really didn't expect that! It was so large and wide, epecially as we’ve never played or trained on it before as we normally train on the astro pitch. You end up getting out of breath so easily- by the end of the first half I was knackered! The game was fast paced as well…at least that’s what it felt like on the pitch. By the end of the full 80 minutes I was done- I’m still aching now (laughs!).” 
 
Salford got off to a great start- within the first 43 seconds of the match fellow Academy player Jack Ratcliffe had scored a try. Tom told us how the start of the game is important for team motivation; “you’ve got to get off to a good start otherwise your head will go down, but when he scored it was just top! To win the way we did against Wigan was just the best, especially as they’re very tough opponents. The last time we played them we won 28-26, so it was a very close game and then to win by the margin we did on Friday and turn it round to that extent just shows how much we’ve improved and how hard we’ve worked. 
This win also means that we’re now through to the quarter-finals of the AOC National Cup and we can’t wait for that, the draw is this Friday which’ll be good! There’s a few premier teams in it now as well so I really want us to get a premier team so then we can play against one of them and really test ourselves".  
 
 
No complacency in this victory though! The sign above says it all... 
As the game was on the main pitch before the Super League teams game Tom told us that the main players were around as this opener took place; “I saw a few of the Wigan players, they came and watched us from the tunnel…that just made us want to score more trys and get back at Wigan (laughs!). It was really good though, then about 15-10 minutes before the end the fans started arriving in the stands before the main game- now that added the pressure a bit! Suddenly there's quite a lot of people watching! but then I went over and scored in front of the sheds and that was just best feeling, from being a kid I’ve always supported Salford so to now have scored a try in front of the main shed at Salford it was just incredible. Then I found out at the end of the first team game that I had been made man of the match and that just rounded it all off, it was the best experience.  
Salford Red Devils Education Academy is a fantastic opportunity for 16-18 year old's to further their education whilst pursuing Rugby as a professional sport, the qualifications and experience gained will allow progression into the sports, teaching/coaching, health and fitness industries, and if desired- on towards higher education study programmes at university. For further information on the academy please contact Salford Red Devils Foundation Manager Neil Blackburn on 0161 786 1591 or email neil.blackburn@salfordreddevils.net  
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