‘Putting money back into the community’
Female football club thanks supermarket for support
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,