Northampton Saints 'keep marching in' to support community during Covid-19 pandemic

Club has given home to community midwives, helped the homeless and supported commercial colleagues

Thursday, 28th May 2020, 2:55 pm
Updated Thursday, 28th May 2020, 4:04 pm
Northampton Saints CEO Mark Darbon

From storing barrels of beer for a commercial partner to giving space to midwives to meet mums-to-be, Northampton Saints have been playing their part supporting the community through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Speaking at Wednesday night's online season ticket holders' forum, CEO Mark Darbon spoke about some of the community initiatives that had been running.

"We've had a number of our medical staff go and volunteer with the NHS and we've actually got the Northampton NHS Trust midwives all moving into the Carlsberg Stand next week," he said.

Sign up to our daily newsletter

The i newsletter cut through the noise

"All the midwife services are going to be performed from our boxes for a period of time because they can't operate in GP's surgeries and the hospitals.

"We've also been supporting the Hope Centre, who help folks in need all across the community.

"We've been helping them with the distribution and supply of food so wherever we can we've been helping the community while also ensuring we protect and preserve our own business."

Saints have also been helping their commercial partners.

"Normally we'd be creating lots of exposure and branding for Carlsberg as our matches are played at Franklin's Gardens and shown on TV, but we can't do that because our matches are postponed at the moment," he told the fans.

"So we've given over one of our car parks and Carlsberg are going to be storing 40,000 barrels there.

"They were having a real pain point trying to find a home for those barrels and we're helping them out in different ways.

"It sounds like a small thing but it's helpful to their business and it's the right thing to do from a relationship perspective."