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June 4, 2020

GiveToLocal Staff Feature: Matt Wade

Like all of the GiveToLocal team, Matt Wade is sport mad.

And whilst he might not be the most active of sportsmen, there is one thing in particular that the die-hard Newcastle United fan knows he is good at.

“I’m not the most active when it comes to organised sports but I can tell you that I am very active when it comes to watching sport,” said Matt.

“I will literally watch any sport going.

“Sometimes I’ll even have multiple sports on at the same time.

“I’m also – for my sins – a Newcastle United fan and I’ve had a season ticket for as long as I can remember.

“If I’m perfectly honest, saying that I have an interest in sport would be a little bit of an understatement!”

With a background in computer science stemming back to his university days, Matt brings a high level of understanding in the field of technology development to GiveToLocal.

In his role as Director of Technology, it is Matt’s job to ensure that GiveToLocal continues to expand, develop and deliver its innovative service.

And Matt believes that through technology, GiveToLocal will deliver upon the promises and values of the organisation, in their mission to help out community sports clubs across the country.

“I’ve been working in this field of work now for around 11-years,” said Matt.

“During that time, I’ve focused on building scalable technology.

“I’ve also helped businesses and organisations expand their operations from a technological standpoint too.

“At GiveToLocal, it is my job to oversee the development of not just our technology but also the technical team who are charged with helping our community sports clubs – that’s a key part of the service we provide.

“I make sure that our website and web-app are in a position where they are stable and performing to a high level.

“One of GiveToLocal’s key focusses since its inception has been to ensure that our technology is able to be used by a lot of people concurrently.

“That’s my main role here at GiveToLocal and everything we do is built with those main aims in mind.”

Recently, GiveToLocal has moved to support a number of additional sports in an effort to help counter the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

As a result of this support, GiveToLocal has seen a surge in the number of community sport clubs registering an interest with the organisation.

The influx means that there are now more than 40,000 teams that have joined the GiveToLocal community.

And with these new additions in mind, Matt is confident that GiveToLocal has the ability to scale its service to the masses through the power of technology.

“The whole idea around GiveToLocal is that it is a web-based service, available online,” said Matt.

“With the influx of new clubs and sports to the platform, it means that our technology has to be capable of being distributed to large numbers as it needs to be highly resilient.

“If our technology, like the website and the web-app, are in a good place, then this will allow us to pivot quickly between our sports.

“Ultimately, these clubs will still be receiving a high level of support and access to the GiveToLocal service regardless of what specific sport they’re associated with because the underlying concept remains the same.”

And Matt is also keen to ensure that GiveToLocal continues to develop and expand its service to support as many people as it possibly can.

“I’d love to see us be able to continue to spread our support out to as many sports as possible,” said Matt.

“I want GiveToLocal to be able to support as many people as possible.

“For me, from a technical standpoint, that would be great.

“I believe in GiveToLocal because I know the power of our technology and the ambition of the team behind it.”

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