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Nissan surprises Skills’ School with Ultimate Olympic Sports Day

Nissan surprises Skills’ School with Ultimate Olympic Sports Day

  • Nissan ambassadors and Olympic athlete Laura Weightman and Team GB legend Darren Campbell MBE lend skills to special sports day
  • Official Automotive Partner of Team GB - Nissan brings a taste of Rio to the North
  • Pupils ‘redesigned’ Nissan LEAF with support messages for Team GB hopefuls
  • Skills’ Foundation school chosen as part of NMUK’s 30th anniversary celebrations

The Rio 2016 Olympic Games were today unpacked in the North of England with special help from Nissan ambassadors and Olympic athlete Laura Weightman and Olympic gold medallist Darren Campbell MBE, who made guest appearances at Newbottle Primary Academy for its annual sports day.


Nissan hosted the event to celebrate its support of Team GB in the build up to the Rio 2016 and saw sprinter Campbell and 1500m runner Weightman give the local sports competition an Olympic twist.


To add to the day to remember, a Nissan LEAF – the world’s best-selling electric vehicle – was covered in a wrap that allowed the pupils to ‘redesign’ the car by covering it in good luck messages for the Rio-bound team. A host of Brazilian themed musicians and performers spent the day entertaining the 300 plus children and parents in attendance.


Laura Weightman commented - “With Rio only a matter of weeks away training can get pretty intense so to be able to come out of my bubble for a day and see the children so excited for the Games and supportive of Team GB is a real boost.”


“I’ve been lucky in my career that I’ve been able to do so many wonderful things,” said Campbell, a silver and gold medallist from the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games. “But attending a school sports day, going back to a day where it all began for me and helping put a smile on the children’s faces is very rewarding.”


Newbottle Primary was selected as the recipient of the ultimate sports day as Nissan Motor Manufacturing UK (NMUK) marks its 30th anniversary this year.


The school and NMUK are affiliated by way of the Nissan Skills Foundation - a programme designed by the automaker to give pupils the chance to gain insight into the world of manufacturing and engineering. The scheme recently welcomed its 12,000th child; the pupil in question attends Newbottle.   


“What a special experience,” said deputy head teacher, Neil Burn. “It’s not every day that you have Olympic athletes and legends turn up at your school sports day.


“The children have had a day to remember and I’d like to thank Nissan for turning today into the dream sports day! We wish Laura the best of luck in Rio.”


“We are delighted to have been able to bring Darren and Laura to Newbottle and put on a memorable sports day for the children,” said Chris Marsh Marketing Director at Nissan Motor GB.


“Nissan has been supporting Team GB and ParalympicsGB athletes for the last four years on their road to Rio and with less than 50 days to go until the start of the Rio 2016 Games we will be getting behind all of our athletes and wishing them every success.”  


Nissan is an official sponsor to Team GB and ParalympicsGB. To find out more visit:



  • The British Olympic Association (BOA) is the National Olympic Committee for Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  Its mission is to develop, promote and protect the Olympic Movement in our territory in accordance with the Olympic Charter.  The BOA achieves this through:
  • Working in partnership with our members and key stakeholders to deliver world-leading services and support to enable British athletes to reach their full potential at the Olympic Games, Olympic Winter Games and other IOC-sanctioned events
  • Working in partnership with our members and key stakeholders to provide athletes with relevant support on the journey to, during and following their Olympic careers
  • Engaging people throughout the United Kingdom to pursue their very own goals and dreams through the Olympic Values and the example of Team GB Olympians
  • Being the independent voice of Olympic Sport and collaborating with our members and other sport stakeholders, both domestically and internationally, to support the continued growth and overall health of the Olympic Movement in the UK

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About Nissan in the UK

  • Nissan Sunderland Plant produces the Nissan Qashqai, Note and Juke and the 100% electric Nissan LEAF
  • Production of lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles began in 2012
  • Total plant volume since 1986 stands at more than eight million units with 80 per cent of production exported to 100 markets worldwide
  • Total investment made and announced since then is over £3.6 billion
  • 476,589 units were produced at Sunderland plant in 2015
  • In 2015, one in three cars built in the UK was a Nissan.
  • Sunderland Plant currently employs more than 6,700 people
  • Nissan's European Design Centre is located in Paddington, London and employs around 65 people
  • Nissan's European Technical Centre is based in Cranfield, Bedfordshire and employs around 1,000 people
  • Nissan’s sales and marketing headquarters in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire employs around 190 people

About Nissan in Europe

Nissan has one of the most comprehensive European presences of any overseas manufacturer, employing more than 14,500 staff across locally-based design, research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. Last year Nissan plants in the UK, Spain and Russia produced more than 635,000 vehicles including mini-MPVs, award-winning crossovers, SUVs, commercial vehicles and the Nissan LEAF, the world’s most popular Electric Vehicle with 97% performance satisfaction and 95% of customers willing to recommend the car to friends. Nissan now offers 24 diverse and innovative products for sale in Europe today, and is positioned to become the number one Asian brand in Europe.



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