Hoppers sign Kukri deal

Hoppers head coach Garth Dew, who works as Kukri's video producer, Hoppers General Manager Richard Ellis and Kukri's North West sales manager James Oakes
Hoppers head coach Garth Dew, who works as Kukri's video producer, Hoppers General Manager Richard Ellis and Kukri's North West sales manager James Oakes
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Preston based International sportswear company Kukri and Preston Grasshoppers have extended their partnership for another four years.

The two have been in partnership for a number of years with Kukri supplying Hoppers with their kit.

This continued link reinforces the strong bond between the local establishments.

Kukri’s North West sales manager James Oakes said: “We are delighted to agree a new four-year deal with Preston Grasshoppers.

“As a Preston-based company, it is fantastic to continue our relationship with a beacon in the Preston area which has a fantastic heritage and following.

“We look forward to a continued fantastic partnership with PGRFC.”

Kukri will continue to produce leisure, training and playing wear for the club which will be available from their own online shop.

The club have worked alongside Kukri designers to come up with unique designs while maintaining the traditional values and ethos of one of the most renowned rugby clubs in the North West.

Hoppers General Manager, Richard Ellis said: “We are delighted to have renewed our kit contract with Kukri for a further four years on improved sponsorship terms.

“We are pleased to be maintaining strong links with another Preston based company who are providing us with quality and stylish playing and leisure wear.”

Not only is Kukri involved on the field but off the field they also have a close association with Hhoppers.

Hoppers’ new head coach Garth Dew is the video guru at Kukri and works as part of the marketing team to create amazing videos on all things Kukri.

He graduated from UCLan after studying a degree in music production.

Dew said: “Becoming the head coach of Preston Grasshoppers at such a young age is a huge honour for me and a challenge I’m really looking forward to next season.

“I also really enjoy working for Kukri Sports within the marketing team and the fact we will continue to provide Hoppers kit means I can also do my rugby club proud whilst wearing the Kukri ‘Chang’ too which is great.”