In a different league – PPS sponsors local rugby teams

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Do you know your stiff arm fend from your chicken wing tackle?

There may be many specialised terms in Rugby League, but one thing the sport has in common with PPS is that everyone involved recognises the importance of teamwork.

As experts in compressed air, we understand the need to let off a little steam from time to time – and what better way to do this than by supporting a local sports team.

Our Managing Director Gary Whitaker has put his money where his mouth is and PPS is now sponsoring players at not one but two local rugby league teams.

Huddersfield Giants
Super League team, the Huddersfield Giants, play at the John Smith’s Stadium. As one of the original 22 clubs that made up the Northern Rugby Football Union (later renamed the Rugby Football League), the club has a history dating back to 1895.

Rugby Pkayer Shannon WakemanThe sponsored player is number 10 Prop, Shannon Wakeman. Born in 1990, Wakeman joined the Giants from Australian team Illawarra Cutters in December 2016 on a two-year deal. Giants’ coach Rick Stone has described Wakeman as: “a big mobile type of front rower”.

Although the season has only just begun, the Giants have had a strong start, winning their last three fixtures.

Paul Cribb, Head of Commercial at the Giants says: “Working alongside our partners, Pennine Pneumatic, and having their continued support, is vitally important to the growth of the Giants both on and off the pitch. We’ve enjoyed a long-term working relationship, which has seen both companies benefit from each other’s support.”

Halifax RLFC
Playing in the Championship, Halifax RLFC was formed back in 1873 and became the first ever winner of the Yorkshire Cup in 1878. In 1998, the club moved to the Shay Stadium, which it shares with FC Halifax Town. Like the Huddersfield Giants, the club was one of the founder members of the Northern Rugby Football Union.

Rugby player Ryan Boyle in actionOur sponsored player is another Prop, Ryan Boyle. Born in 1987, Boyle is on loan from Castleford Tigers; he also played for Salford City Reds and represented Ireland in 2009-2010.

The club’s Marketing Manager Laura Bowen says: “Our club is driven by our sponsors and dedicated local people, so it’s always fantastic to combine the two! It’s great to have a trusted successful local company like PPS on board heading into what looks like an exhilarating season. We’re proud to have them sponsor one of our star players, Ryan Boyle, and to signpost our fans to their no-nonsense services.”

A word from Gary Whitaker…
Gary Whitaker says: “As a company very much rooted in the local community, we feel it’s important to show our support for sports teams in the region. By sponsoring players at two local Rugby Union clubs, the Huddersfield Giants and Halifax RLFC, we are showing our commitment to these local teams. Like them, we aim to achieve the best results through teamwork, training and striving for excellence in all we do.”