In fact, we’d stockpile crates of the stuff and export it to GiveToLocal clubs across the country.
Key Account Executive Mel loves her sport and relishes her role connecting our innovative service to the corporate community.
And her passion is infectious.
“Before I joined GiveToLocal I was working as a recruitment consultant,” she explains.
“In that role I learnt the value of building relationships and nurturing networks.
“Establishing a level of trust and reliability cuts across both sectors and I’ve been able to bring both to my new role.
“I’m tasked with talking to national corporates who share GiveToLocal’s belief that sport has the power to do good.
“I love explaining the concept behind what we do and the feedback is always hugely positive.
“The GiveToLocal name is still relatively new but it’s becoming synonymous with supporting community sport and that’s something our corporate partners can relate to.”
Mel has joined a growing Corporate Relations team focused on aligning businesses with the work GiveToLocal does throughout the grassroots sport community.
Managed by Head of Corporate Relations, David Broom, she is frequently the first point of contact for businesses keen to find out more about what we have to offer.
And as part of a forward-thinking team building a growing network, she embodies the positivity at the heart of a proactive organisation.
“As a team we work so well together,” adds Mel.
“I work closely with David and James Rooney — who’s just joined us as Corporate Relations Manager — and we all share a common goal.
“We recognise just how powerful community sport can be and I’m passionate about what we can achieve together.”
Mel sees sport’s power to do good on a daily basis across the GiveToLocal community.
But its positive impact is never more evident than on her own doorstep.
“My nephew plays at the Newcastle Eagles basketball academy and being part of a team brings out the very best in him,” she adds.
“Whenever he steps on court it’s like he’s a different person.
“I’m excited to be a part of an organisation which helps other young people flourish in similar environments across the UK.”
Mel believes the sky’s the limit for GiveToLocal and predicts exciting times ahead for community sport.
“We’re all about backing sport, boosting business and building networks,” she added.
“We tick a lot of boxes for a lot of people and right now that idea of working together from the ground up really resonates with different communities.
“At one end of the scale we’re helping grassroots sport teams to raise additional funds and find a way through the coronavirus pandemic.
“At the same time we’re connecting like-minded firms and helping to create new business.
“Supporting sport is the common goal and that’s why I’m so excited about what’s possible at GiveToLocal.”