Well known local builder and amateur rugby league player Graham Nash is pledging to continue running with the Buffaloes through the recession and is urging others firms to follow suit and get involved with their local sports clubs!

Graham, whose uncle is former Great Britain RL scrum half Steve Nash, is MD of PPD (Leeds) Ltd, a Tingley-based construction firm which operates across the Yorkshire region on domestic and commercial renovations and new builds .

The company stepped in at the start of 2009 to help out Rugby League Conference side Bramley Buffaloes by signing up as main club sponsor and it’s a decision he’s not regretting: “It was a brave decision at this time to back the club but it’s paid off in terms of the profile of PPD and we’ve even seen enquiries from Bramley’s strong and loyal support base!

“The club has a rich history and its partnership with the Co-operative had been in existence since it re-launched as a community owned organisation in 2003. Their loss is my gain as far as I’m concerned and it’s great to see the PPD logo on shirts worn by the players and supporters alike,” he added.

The Buffaloes are close to clinching another Minor Premiership title and look odds on to reach a fifth consecutive Premiership Grand Final in October.

“The success on the pitch has been a bonus,” added Graham who plays at loose forward for Shaw Cross Sharks,”although it makes it unlikely that Buffaloes coach Mark Butterill will be asking me to bring my boots to a game any time soon!

“Sponsoring a sports club can be a great way of growing your business profile very cost effectively and these sporting organisations are a vital part of our society that we cannot afford to lose at anytime let alone during a recession! They need our support!

“Running with the Buffaloes has coincided in an upturn in the business fortunes of PPD, as a local building firm of repute, and I would urge others to follow suit by getting involved in their local communities!” concluded Graham.