Nissan surprises Skills’ School with Ultimate Olympic Sports Day
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:https://www.nissan.co.uk/experience-nissan/partnerships/nissan-team-gb-and-paralympicsgb.html
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