‘Putting money back into the com­mu­nity’

Fe­male foot­ball club thanks su­per­mar­ket for sup­port

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

The Tesco Cus­tomer Ful­fil­ment Cen­tre in Green­ford, Lon­don, has for the past two years been help­ing Den­ham United Ladies Foot­ball Club (DULFC) in a huge va­ri­ety of ways.

Com­mu­nity cham­pion Atul Raniga has been or­gan­is­ing things like food do­na­tions for spe­cial events, fund rais­ing for the club and has sent work par­ties of vol­un­teers to help dec­o­rate and main­tain the club and the grounds, among oth­ers.

DULFC says it is the largest ded­i­cated allfe­male club in the South of Eng­land, and the first team plays in the FA Women’s Premier League South East Divi­sion One, the fourth tier in the pyra­mid.

Bar man­ager Char­lie Weather­son said he ‘ can’t put a price’ on Tesco’s sup­port and added: “I want to say a big thank you on be­half of the club to Tesco for all the help they gave us in the past. It just helps raise those funds that we des­per­ately need.”

Mr Raniga has been over­seen deputy cen­tre man­ager Mark An­drews, who said: “We’re not far away from here [the ground]. We’ve got 1,300 em­ploy­ees in the cen­tre and we try work­ing in the com­mu­nity here for the past two years.

“We’re in­ter­ested in terms of how we can help them in the fu­ture.

“It’s some­thing that we wanted for our com­muntiy and for the brand – it’s re­ally ex­cit­ing.”

Mr Weather­son added: “I feel that with all this help they have pro­vided, Tesco Cus­tomer Ful­fil­ment Cen­tre Green­ford in de­serve to be rec­og­nized by the public and that Den­ham Ladies FC can proudly stand out in the public eye along­side such a pop­u­lar friend.”

Mr An­drews said the key word was ‘part­ner­ship’ and that they were brought to­gether by Mr Weather­son, who works for the store via a third party com­pany.

Mr Raniga stressed Tesco wants to give back to the com­mu­nity and added: “It’s not about about busi­ness. They’re putting the money back into the com­mu­nity and build­ing re­la­tion­ships with the lo­cal peo­ple and sell­ing our brand.”

“It’s not about money, it’s about gen­eral sup­port,” Mr An­drews added.

One of the rea­sons Tesco wanted to get in­volved, said Mr Raniga, was be­cause there is ‘no more fund­ing com­ing from gov­ern­ment any­more, so it’s im­por­tant’.

Club chair­man Ray Stick­ley said: “I would just like to say a big thank you to Tesco for all their help and their com­mit­ment to our club so far and in the fu­ture.”

Tesco com­mu­nity cham­pion Atul Raniga with Den­ham Ladies chair­man Ray Stick­ler Tesco com­pli­ance man­ager Anne Gooden and Mark An­drews from Tesco’s cus­tomer ful­fil­ment cen­tre, at Den­ham United Ladies Foot­ball Club,

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