Town venue for company’s fun national tournament

Pictured are some of the participants, organisers and helpers at the tournament.
Pictured are some of the participants, organisers and helpers at the tournament.

A big event to raise awareness and celebrate sporting achievement recently took place at the Riverside Leisure Centre in Morpeth.

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP), in partnership with Special Olympics Great Britain, brought together staff from its local manufacturing sites in three UK locations to participate in the business’s annual Unified Sports tournament.

A team from Morpeth joined participants from CCEP’s East Kilbride and Wakefield sites, as well as athletes with intellectual disabilities from local Special Olympics clubs.

The tournament, which has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2014, consists of different sporting events such as badminton, boccia, carpet bowls, football and swimming.

It is designed so participants both with and without intellectual disabilities compete on the same team.

Further support was provided by Morpeth Lions Club members and David Gillespie from East Kilbride’s Youth Disability Sports Club. The event was also attended by Morpeth Mayor Jack Gebhard, who got involved with the five-a-side football himself by the end of the day.

Paramjeet Pahdi, operations director at CCEP Morpeth, said: “Seeing volunteers from Morpeth come together with other CCEP sites and Special Olympics athletes was a fantastic experience, particularly as everyone was so passionate about the work they were doing.

“Initiatives like this are integral to the culture at CCEP.”