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The UK?s newest dedicated rugby store http://www.talkin-rugby.co.uk is offering to kit out an amateur club in a brand new playing strip when it opens its first ever store in Shaw, near Oldham next weekend (Saturday 7 February).
The new store, which is the brainchild of Peter and Andy Deakin, the sons of legendary marketing guru Peter Deakin Sr, will host a star-studded launch next Saturday between 10am and 6pm, with a number of big names from both codes of rugby expected to be present.
Peter and Andy have called upon many of their late father?s friends and former colleagues to support the launch of their new venture, with the likes of Great Britain Test stars Paul Sculthorpe and Barrie McDermott, Wigan prop Danny Sculthorpe, Sky Sports? Super League host Eddie Hemmings, new Leeds coach Tony Smith and the entire Sale Sharks squad all expected to be in attendance along the course of the day.
Supporters will have the opportunity to meet and be photographed with the star guests, while the company has also teamed up with leading manufacturer Kukri to provide a free kit to one lucky amateur club.
Each club that sends a representative to the launch will be entered into a free draw, with the winner receiving a brand new fully-embroidered Kukri kit in their team?s colours. Peter, who like his father is a stalwart of the famous Oldham St Annes amateur rugby league club, commented: ?Myself and my business partners are all passionate about the game of rugby and are keen to see it develop at all levels.
?We?re keen to incorporate every aspect of the game of rugby into our business and are pleased to have the opportunity to pump something back into the grass roots of the sport.?
Peter?s father was held in high regard in both codes of rugby, having been instrumental in the growth or Bradford Bulls, Saracens, Warrington Wolves and Sale Sharks, and many of the people he worked with are now eager to see his son?s business get off to a flying start.
?The Deakin family are synonymous with the game of rugby,? said Leeds coach Tony Smith, who worked with Peter?s uncle, Steve, at Huddersfield Giants.
?I am looking forward to helping this new venture get off to a flying start and wish Peter and his colleagues every success for the future.? The new Talkin Rugby store is situated at 14 Milnrow Road, Shaw, Lancs, and will stock a full range of merchandise and equipment from both codes of rugby. Customers can also shop online at www.talkin-rugby.co.uk. The business has been set up by Peter and Andy, along with business partners, Andy Walker and former Warrington forward Lee Tyman.