A project run by the charitable arm of Salford Red Devils rugby club has received £352,000 to tackle youth unemployment.
Salford Red Devils Foundation will use the money to expand its Big Hits initiative in Salford and neighbouring Trafford.
It will offer young people aged 14 to 21 the chance to access courses such as first aid and sports coaching. Participants will then use their skills to deliver sports sessions, including touch rugby, for schools and community groups.
As part of the project, tutorials will also be given in financial mismanagement and gambling addiction, along with career advice.
Salford Red Devils Foundation was one of eight groups across the North West to share #2.7 million via the Big Lottery Fund's Reaching Communities programme.
The main goal is sustainability and by the end of the three years the vast majority of the young people will have progressed on to jobs or education through our networks with hundreds of local residents playing and volunteering at new and existing community sports clubs.
Salford have continued their recruitment for 2015 with the signing of St Helens prop Carl Forster.
The 22-year-old made only one Super League appearance for Saints in 2014 after spending the first month of the season on loan to London Broncos.
"Pleased to announce the signing of another young, hungry rising star of the game," said Red Devils chairman Marwan Koukash on his Twitter account.
Pleased to announce the signing of another young, hungry rising star of the game Carl Forster from St Helens
Red Devils snap up promising youngster Brad England from Leeds Rhinos. Read more - http://t.co/k4edkiooOB
Salford have signed teenage centre Brad England from Leeds.
The 19-year old son of Castleford's 1986 Challenge Cup winner Keith England joined Castleford's academy in 2011 and moved to Headingley 12 months ago to play for the Rhinos' Under-19s team.
"I've been playing rugby league since I was small and it's been my ambition to play in the Super League for a long time," England said.
"I'm going to have to work hard and it'll be a real challenge to try and make the selection for the first team next season."
Salford Red Devils' owner Dr Marwan Koukash welcomed his new Head Coach Iestyn Harris to the club today.
Dr Koukash spoke to Mike Hall about how impressed he was with Harris.
New Salford Head Coach Iestyn Harris says he has no worries working for the Red Devils' demanding owner, Dr Marwan Koukash.
He was speaking to our sport correspondent Mike Hall.
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The Rugby Football League has fined Salford Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash for misconduct.
Koukash has been ordered to pay £1000 over comments he made on social media, and over "foul and/or abusive language" used at a public event last month.
RFL officials found him in breach of their rules, deeming his conduct "prejudicial to the interests of the game".
The club's owner has also been warned about his future behaviour.
Salford Red Devils and St Helens face each other in the Super League. Hear from the head coaches ahead of the match at the AJ Bell Stadium.