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Devils and Wolves

With ACROBAT | FCSM undertaking more and more work in rugby (both codes – RL and RU!), it is with great pleasure that we share, courtesy of leading accountants and business advisors, SEDULO, the following article related to two of its RL clientele. Interestingly the latter was introduced to them by us and former is a brand that we have pleasure in working for at the moment with its impressive ‘Club13’ sports and commerce forum.

“With the recent World Cup occupying the minds of rugby league fans over the close season, as well as England’s brave attempt to conquer the southern hemisphere just falling short in the final against the Aussies, attention now turns to the start of the domestic season.

Salford Red Devils had an impressive season last time out, in what proved to be the last under owner, Marwan Koukash. The season saw a run to the semi-final of the Challenge Cup, only to suffer a narrow defeat to Wigan and the club holding 4th place at the end of the regular season. Unfortunately, Salford ran out of steam and a disappointing Super 8 stage saw the club slide from the last play-off spot to finish 7th. Now under fan ownership, and numerous ins and outs, a transitional season is beckoning, though the signing of Jack Littlejohn from the NRL could prove shrewd business if preseason form is anything to go off.

Success this year is likely to be proving the bookmakers wrong though with a top 8 finish and avoiding the dreaded Qualifiers. That is exactly where the Toronto Wolfpack intend to be come September however. After expectedly sweeping all before them in their debut season in League 1, a sterner challenge awaits the Wolfpack in an increasingly international Championship. Their match against Toulouse has been added to the Super League magic weekend – the first time a Championship fixture has appeared at the annual rugby league extravaganza. Playing all 11 away games back to back in the first half of the season will be demanding, but anything other than a top 4 finish and a shot at promotion to Super League will be seen as a failure for the ambitious Canadian outfit.

With Leigh Centurions and London Broncos looking to bounce back to the top division and clubs such as Featherstone and Halifax eyeing another top 4 finish, they won’t have it all their own way. Could this be the year more than one club earn promotion in what is likely to be a very competitive round of end of season qualifiers? What odds on the ‘Million Pound’ game promotion shoot out being held in North America come October – the RFL certainly hope so for interest across the Atlantic. The Wolfpack have other ideas and will be aiming to secure promotion before then, with the opening game trip to Leigh will give us an early indication.”

Any one interested in sport and business would be most welcome to attend the ‘go to’ forum that is Club13. It promises to be the premier networking lunch and knowledge exchange . More information and booking form from adrian.stores@club13.biz

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How far we have come

Unfortunately, the S’PORT bowed out today in the National Shield Semi Finals held in Media City. We were beaten by a resolute Intervolley Team 25-22 20-25 20-25 19-25. Stockport weren’t at their best today, but can hold their heads up high. Reaching the Semi Final in our first season as an NVL team is an achievement that makes every one of us at the Club proud. Tomorrow is another day as we go again this time to take on both Darlington and Doncaster in fixtures that might well determine the Champions of the League where presently the S’PORT sits in pole position. #c’montheS’PORT 🏐👏👏👏

C’mon #STOCKPORT

This Saturday is the momentous fixture when Stockport Volleyball Club features in the semi final, yes semi final of a National cup competition. 10.30am FREEAdmission. Oasis Academy Media City. Come on down and support the S’PORT 👏👏👏 🏐🏆

Club 13: open for business

Now taking bookings at Club 13 and open for business.

Nothing less than a desire to become the leading forum where sport is the catalyst to first class hospitality, entertainment and networking that delivers real returns to its members.

 Club 13, rewarding for all comers.

A business network, born in Salford, with global ambitions. Pioneered from the AJ Bell Stadium. Club 13 is the brainchild of Andrew Rosler, a director of the new holding company for Salford Red Devils Rugby League Club. But be very clear, the grounding is from rugby, though this inspirational gathering is for sports enthusiasts whatever the game.

The Club will host dynamic events and guest speakers throughout the year at the AJ Bell Stadium and other venues across Salford and Greater Manchester. These will be a real treat and are hand-picked to add value and entertain.

So why Club 13?

This relates to the team in rugby league but symbolizes the calendar, with members all benefiting from the monthly forum on the 13th day every month. This only varies if it falls on a weekend.

◊ To provide ‘super’ standard and memorable entertainment and hospitality for the right reasons. Every Member brings two people to dine at each Event within the fee

◊ Excellent value for money and an unrivaled Forum where we proactively encourage and facilitate the exchange of trade and business between Members

◊ Sign-posting of new business opportunities

◊ All Members on an exclusive, dedicated Club 13 Directory

◊ Secure ‘Closed’ Linkedin Group for interaction 365 days a year

◊ Discounts on Salford Red Devils Tickets and Match Day hospitality (10%)

◊ Promotion of selected news stories through leading PR agency

◊ e-newsletters to Members.

Club 13 will have several, specific strategic and corporate social responsibility objectives, including promoting Rugby League in Salford and Manchester and to facilitate funding opportunities for grass roots sports. It will aim to facilitate and expand the reach of the Salford Club and the sport of rugby league by launching Club 13 hubs in London and key rugby league playing nations Australia and New Zealand.  This can only further the aims of economic growth and to provide support for international trade and opportunities for Club 13 members and talented athletes between these destinations. There are further exciting plans a foot and our Members will hear first! We are working towards securing host City status within Greater Manchester for the Rugby League World Cup 2021.

Membership only £750 (plus VAT) for a full 12 months of activities and support.

We look forward to welcoming you to Club 13.

Please reserve me a membership: via Adrian Stores

adrian.stores@@club13.biz or 07831 713003.

Sponsorship and partnering packages also available. Again, Adrian is your man!