This was it. What I have been waiting for. I was there!
I remember the announcer's exact words...
"Edgeley Park. Please put your hand together for...... SHARKY!"
Running onto the pitch and doing a daft dance, followed by 'The Worm', I had stepped into the shoes of my childhood icon. Adam Brame as Sharky! What an honour, even if nobody knows it is you. That didn't matter, I was already arranging VIP drinks with 'Fred the Red' and 'Moonchester'. I had the joy of being Sharky at all of the Sale home games that followed, right up until the last game we played at Edgeley Park, Sale Sharks v Harlequins.
So, that was then......what about now?
The commercial team knew that outside of being Sharky, I had a background in sales. So, when a position came available, I was asked in for an interview. The date fell on my birthday, 15th June, and thankfully I was successful. I joined up with the rest of the commercial team at the Sale Sharks High Performance Centre at Carrington. Mr Diamond and Co. have welcomed me to the team with open arms and my dedication could not be stronger. Having worked within the sales industry for a number of years, I can safely say that this is the job for me!
The beauty of my role is I have the ability to discount tickets depending on the group size. So, if you would like to bring along the family or your friends for a night at the rugby AND save money, then drop me a line. Not only can I arrange group and family discounts, we have match day activities at great value to add to the experience. I'd like to share some of the positive feedback received so far this season:
"Everyone had a brilliant time, I had loads of emails from grateful parents who saw their superstars on the ball more than Manu Tuilagi… Great to see you yesterday too - we will be back over to Sale next month with another group, so look forward to seeing you then. On behalf of lots of happy Liverpool Collegiate parents thanks again!"
"Adam always helps me by adding tickets, moving me about and getting tickets for members of the University of Salford, or for groups of friends/family. This weekend Adam was super knowledgeable, flexible, good in communication, and patient in his management of the provision of tickets for a birthday outing with friends and family. Adam for me went above and beyond, replying to e-mails and texts late into Friday night. He has been brilliant all season, and I wanted it to be noted.
James O'Reilly, University of Salford
"We wanted to celebrate my friend's 30th birthday with a massive get together. Adam was a great help from start to finish, as we changed the size of the group a number of times and ended up moving into the main stand as well! We all had a fantastic day, including the non-rugby fans (who are now all converted Sharks fans). Thanks for all your help Adam, and to Sharky for posing for a photo with us!"
Mike Briggs, Group Booking
So if you would like to arrange a work social, sports club event or simply a day out, please drop me a line.