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Stag announces new supplier agreements


Hockey prepares for FaceOff

he growing influence of the Stag buying group continues with the addition of

Rockport and Teva to its portfolio of official suppliers.

Established in Canada in 1984, Teva claims to have brought the first sports sandal to market, and since then it has developed performance, lifestyle and children’s footwear ranges. “We are very excited to be part of the Stag

buying group and feel that the group’s ethos and beliefs closely match that of our brand,” said Shaun Jameson, field sales manager for Teva. “Teva is a progressive and dynamic footwear brand and we are positive that the partnership with Stag will be of great benefit to both ourselves and our new retailers opening up great new areas of distribution for us’. The adidas-owned Rockport brand is best

known for bringing sports technologies to street and lifestyle footwear, and Stag reports that both Teva and Rockport have agreed preferential terms for Stag retailers. As the Stag business continues to grow, the

group has recently appointed Sara Coyle as marketing executive, who joins from Hi-Tec.


he revolutionary FaceOff hockey mask from OBO is set for retail delivery in July, promising a new level of face protection for defending field hockey players. With short corners becoming an increasingly significant part of the game in recent years, and with ball speeds reaching 100kph in top-level hockey, face and head protection has become a critical issue. While most existing hockey face protectors offer insufficient protection against possible concussion, OBO promises that its new FaceOff mask, with an RRP of £60, will provide hockey players with a serious safeguard when defending short corners. The FaceOff is also designed to ensure players do not have their vision restricted. “The FaceOff is a really great product with a lot of science behind its three years of research and development,” Neil Brown, general manager of OBO distributor Northgame Ltd, tells Sporting Goods Business. “It is made from an extremely strong polycarbonate – this is something that will really work.”

Note: In the Hockey Showcase in the March issue of SGB, details covering the OBO FaceOff were incorrect. We apologise for any misunderstanding.

World smash record is ‘Z-Slashed’



badminton star Tan Boon Heong has set a new Guinness World Record for badminton smash speed, by striking a shuttlecock with an incredible – and verified - racket-head speed of 421 km/h (261.6 mph). Heong, 22, made his

record-breaking smash at the 2009 Yonex Open in Japan, playing with a Yonex ArcSaber Z-Slash racket. While Heong made the record-breaking smash on September 26 last year, Guinness World Records did not certify the feat until March 2010.

“Egg catching” Ospreys: A trio of props from the Ospreys, the Welsh Magners League side, are supporting a child obesity prevention campaign in Wales run by online rugby supplier Paul James (left), Craig Mitchell (centre) and Cai Griffiths are helping to encourage children to play more rugby and maintain better levels of fitness in general. Eggcatcher claims to be Europe’s largest rugby kit supplier, with a portfolio of 3,500 product lines.



Made in Japan, the new Z-Slash is extremely slim and light, weighing less than 90 grams, with a frame made from CS carbon nanotube and high-tensile graphite. The design of the racket is intended to minimise air resistance, and therefore enhances possible smash speed.

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