Three more companies extend sponsorship for 2011

Date published: Thursday, February 3, 2011

THREE more companies who sponsored Oldham Rugby League Club last year have agreed new deals to stick with the Roughyeds for another 12 months.

Continuing to back the club commercially in 2011 are Wickes DIY; Premier Kia Motors of Rochdale and Dukinfield; and AMP Wire of Chadderton.

Wickes, who are sponsoring the players’ pre-match warm-up kits, will run an in-store competition for children in which winners will get the chance to be Roughyeds’ match-day mascots.

Said Wickes manager Lee Ashworth: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Wickes to forge community links. We did it last year and we are delighted to do it again.

“We have staff members who are Roughyeds fans and part of the deal is that we will get tickets for some matches for use by staff.
But we also want to involve our customers and that’s the thinking behind the competition. Working alongside Roughyeds we can build community links, and we intend to go for that in a big way this year.”

Premier Kia, shirt sponsors, provide Roughyeds with a customised car and offer tickets to Oldham games at Whitebank as one of several benefits to customers with service-history loyalty cards.

Pete Mellor and Pam Pelham from AMP Wire with Danny Whitmore

“We did something similar last year,” said Kia director Nigel Bird, “and we are happy to do it again in 2011. Free golf at Dukinfield GC is another sporting benefit on our loyalty card.” Others include free wash-and-vac and free puncture repairs.

AMP Wire, who sponsor the Roughyeds’ dug-out at Whitebank, are hoping to support Tony Benson’s men all the way to automatic promotion.

Said managing director Pam Pelham: “We don’t want the play-offs again, that’s for sure. We looked strong and fit in the SEAT Trophy win against Whitehaven and that’s credit to everyone at the club. I’ve got my fingers crossed for a fantastic season.”

Chris Hamilton, the club chairman, said he was thrilled and delighted that these three companies had agreed new deals to continue their backing of the club in 2011.

He added: “It goes without saying that we are exceedingly grateful to all the companies that have got behind us again for what promises to be another superb season for the club in 2011.”