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Wednesday 09 August, 2017

Coca-Cola European Partners supports athletes on journey to Special Olympics GB

This week marks the start of Special Olympics GB’s (SOGB) tenth National Summer Games in Sheffield. Since 2011, Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) has partnered with SOGB and as the proud sponsor of this year’s National Games’ volunteering programme, 70 volunteers from across CCEP and The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) will be offering their support throughout the week. 

Special Olympics GB is the largest registered charity providing year-round sports training and competition opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities. This year’s National Games – running from 8-12 August – will be the largest learning disability sports event in Great Britain in 2017, seeing around 2,600 athletes take part in 20 sports events from athletics and cycling to basketball and judo.

As a sponsor, CCEP has also helped to fund important aspects of the competition including training, uniforms and management of the volunteers. Over the week, there will be around 1,000 volunteers taking part from across England, Scotland and Wales. 

The volunteers from CCEP and TCCC have travelled to Sheffield from sites up and down the country. They will be supporting the athletes throughout their participation in the Games, and all bring a range of experience, skills and expertise. 

An Opening Ceremony was held yesterday at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane. Hosted by Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter, F1 broadcaster Suzi Perry and football pundit Chris Kamara. The ceremony also featured a parade of the 2,600 SOGB athletes participating in the Games from across England, Scotland and Wales. 

Nick Brown, Head of Sustainability at Coca-Cola European Partners, said: “We’re extremely pleased to be supporting the fantastic work of Special Olympics GB and helping athletes to prepare for this year’s National Games. As a business, our work with local communities is of great importance to us. We’ve had a huge level of response from our teams across the Coca-Cola European Partners and The Coca-Cola Company network, who are looking forward to volunteering at the National Games and supporting the athletes throughout the process. The atmosphere at the Games is always incredibly uplifting and inspiring, and we look forward to watching the athletes in action and continuing our valued partnership with Special Olympics GB for many years to come.” 

Karen Wallin, CEO for Special Olympics Great Britain, added: “I am so grateful to Coca-Cola European Partners for supporting and sponsoring the 2017 Games Volunteer Programme. Over the week of the games a total of 1000 volunteers will be working across the 13 sports venues and behind the scenes to ensure the games are a great success. We are very proud of our 50 year partnership with the Coca-Cola Company globally and here in GB, we have been partners since our founding in 1978.”


Notes to Editors

For more information please contact:

Coca-Cola European Partners GB Press Office

01895 844 828 | 

About Coca-Cola European Partners:

Coca-Cola European Partners (CCEP) is the world’s largest independent Coca-Cola bottler. CCEP is the sole licensed bottler for products of The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) in Andorra, Belgium, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, Luxemburg, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.

In Great Britain (GB) we employ some 3,800 people across England, Scotland and Wales at manufacturing sites, offices and depots. We are committed to minimising the environmental impact of our products and operations, with a particular focus on sustainable packaging, water stewardship, and energy and climate protection.

We make sell and deliver the following products in GB for TCCC: Coca-Cola Classic, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar, Fanta, Dr Pepper, Sprite, Schweppes, Abbey Well, glacéau smartwater, Powerade, Oasis, Appletiser and 5 Alive. In GB we also make, sell or deliver Monster, Relentless and Capri-Sun.


About Special Olympics Great Britain:

Special Olympics GB is the largest registered charity providing year-round sports training and competition opportunities for people with intellectual (learning) disabilities in England, Scotland and Wales.

Almost 1.5 million people in the UK (2% of the population) have an intellectual disability. Special Olympics provides people with intellectual disabilities opportunities to increase their confidence; realise their potential; develop physical fitness and mental wellbeing; demonstrate courage and experience new friendships.

The year-round sport and competition programme provided by Special Olympics is important to people with intellectual disabilities because adults and children with intellectual disabilities tend to have poorer health and the many emotional and physical problems associated with inactivity.    One in three people with an intellectual disability is obese, compared to 1 in 5 of the general population.

Special Olympics GB is part of a global movement that provides year-round sports training and athletic competition to over 4.5 million children and adults with intellectual (learning) disabilities in 170 countries.

Read more at Special Olympics GB's website:  

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