ROUGHYEDS are delighted to announce a new kit sponsorship deal with Purpose Business and Marketing Ltd, a company with clients all over the country and the slogan: “Your purpose is our passion.”
Its managing director is Julie Collins, whom fans will know as one of them — a keen Oldham supporter and a club volunteer, who is giving her time, money and professional expertise to drive Roughyeds forward.
A prominent member of the club’s new volunteer managerial team, Julie led the recent public meeting at which she delivered a presentation about the challenges that lie ahead for the club in rugby league’s changing landscape.
Speaking from Cornwall, where she was on a business trip, Julie said:
“Sponsorship of this kind is a first for the company, but to set up a partnership with Oldham RLFC couldn’t be better as far as I’m concerned.
“We are proud to sponsor Gareth Owen, our club captain, but our company name will now be on the sleeves of the players’ jerseys and we couldn’t be happier about that.
“I fell in love with rugby league in 2014 and, having lived in Tameside all my life, I very soon fell in love with Roughyeds.
“By 2017 I was helping out when and where I could and my involvement has moved on from there.
“All the volunteers work desperately hard and with total commitment, but there is so much more we could do, given the time and available personnel.
“I’m disappointed RFL funding isn’t where it needs to be but that’s all the more reason why I, and others, are keen to help.”
As a proud Mum and grandmother, Julie has lots of connections with the borough and her maiden name, would you believe, was ‘Oldham’.
Her daughters went to Bluecoat School and one of them is now a maths teacher in the town.
“I’m all over the country running the business but I’ll do what I can to help in putting my time, energy and some money into the club via this sponsorship.”
She chairs the local Enterprise Adviser Network, which works with Oldham secondary schools on careers and other initiatives, and she represents Oldham RLFC in its links with Oldham Pledge and the borough’s primary schools.
During club chairman Chris Hamilton’s sick leave, she has also been representing the club at RFL meetings.
“It’s always a red-letter day for the club to welcome new sponsors on board, but especially so when it’s the company of a Roughyeds supporter who gives up so much of her time and energy to help the club voluntarily.
“It goes without saying that we are delighted to add Purpose Business and Marketing Ltd to our kit sponsorship portfolio.”