Joining VMFC


Joining Linten back in the summer of 2021, having only recently moved to Manchester, I was keen to get myself involved with as much as possible. Upon being told that we were sponsors of a local football club, I was encouraged to get myself down to one of their training sessions. You will discover that I have been very grateful for taking up the offer!

Fun, fitness, football, and friends for life is highlighted on the club’s homepage. Joining a new football club can be fairly daunting as most people would agree. There’s always that bit of optimism that you’ll fit in with the lads right away. Within the first 5 minutes, you could tell that this was indeed going to be the case. My first training session had such a welcoming atmosphere, and you could tell that everyone was there for the same purpose… fun, fitness, football.

How well the club is run from top to bottom…

Village Manchester FC welcomes anyone who loves football. As a club that has been going for over 25 years, it has become one of the oldest inclusive football clubs in the world. The club has grown over the years and now has 5 teams regularly playing each week. This is a testament to how organised and well run the club is from top to bottom.

Great opportunities

Having multiple teams gives opportunities for players of all standards, and the inclusivity aspect of the club is a real positive. As someone not originally from the UK, joining VMFC has opened a whole host of opportunities. Joining Linten has opened a handful of opportunities for me, helping me to improve my network and social circles in Manchester. What’s great about VMFC is that it’s not about being the best footballer… there’s a chance for everyone to fit in.

Long-standing sponsors…

Linten Technologies have been a proud sponsor of Village Manchester Football Club for over 5 years. It is a club that fits in perfectly with Linten’s values, with inclusivity at the heart of it. Regardless of your background, VMFC gives people the chance to play and support the sport they love in a safe, welcoming environment and prides itself on being Manchester’s gay-friendly football club. This is something that Linten are truly proud to support and get behind.

General information about the club

Village Manchester Football Club was formed in February 1996 to give gay and bi guys the chance to play and support the sport they love in a safe, welcoming environment. Since then, the club has grown massively, giving players of all abilities the chance to play football.

Weekly training sessions take place at Trinity Sports Centre on floodlit top quality 3G pitches close to the University and MMU on the edge of Hulme. The First and Second Teams play in a local league on Saturday afternoons and the Third and Fourth Teams play in a local league on Sunday mornings. The Fifth Team plays friendlies, both external and intra-club.

Find out more on their website:

My First Month at Linten

> In the heart of Manchester.

This past month has been an exciting one to say the least. Moving back to Manchester to experience the hustle and bustle of city living was high on my agenda. But wait… we were still in the depths of a global pandemic. So, I guess that had to wait. Starting a new job working remotely has certainly brought about its challenges. However, this was much easier than first anticipated due to the modern-day capabilities of technology. Fortunately, I was in the right place for all this to be a breeze and the subsequent support that I have received has been second to none… although again, this was to be expected.

> Why join Linten?

What appealed to me the most about working at Linten was the culture and values that were outlined to me. The friendly approach stood out to me most from the very first interview. The appeal to work for Linten has only grown stronger in the past four weeks. Having met the team and settled into my new role (albeit virtually) it has been great to see how incredibly friendly and supportive everyone is. Having the opportunity to learn, grow and progress in my new role was high up on my list of requirements when searching for a new job. I could see that Linten had great potential to be the company that could offer me all of this. It was fitting that my requirements for a new role were well suited to Linten’s own plans for future growth. This past month has certainly been a steep learning curve for me, especially as I am someone who has limited experience in the IT world. However, as someone who is always up for a challenge, I can honestly say that it has been a thoroughly enjoyable first four weeks!

> In at the deep end.

The responsibility and trust that has been given to me has been incredibly empowering from day one. It has really helped to feel like a valued member of the team which in turn has motivated me like very few jobs have done in the past. The hands-on approach to training has been ideal for me and my style of learning. Notably, the opportunity to attend business networking events as a representative for the company has helped me hit the ground running. Getting to communicate with current and potential customers has helped gain a great understanding of our company from the start.