Co-op food to power our Para Athletics team

We’re both a Team Supporter for our British Athletics Para Team and National Partner for the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London this July.


Sally Gunnell with Para Athletes Richard Whitehead and Sam Ruddock, and event volunteers, to celebrate The Co-op ‘Feeding the Championship’ for the World Para Athletic Championships London 2017.

Peter Batt, Divisional Managing Director said, “Having supported our colleague, Paralympian Carly Tait in Rio, and witnessed the huge support for her across the Co-op, it was a natural step to extend our support and involvement to this year’s London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships – where Carly hopes to be competing in the 100, 400 and 800m races.”

We’ll be ‘Feeding the Championships’ by providing nutritious British sourced meals to the entire workforce during the build-up and the event itself.

Have a look at our special website and show your support by adding your photo to our specially designed mosaic.

Keep an eye out for details coming soon giving members half-price tickets and a special additional offer exclusively for our colleagues.

Co-op Academy pupils wow our Digital Dragon’s Den

brownhill-dragons-den.jpgYear 5 pupils from our Brownhill Academy (pictured left) faced our Digital Dragons to pitch their electronics products that they’d been working on since January.

Their invention had to sound a buzzer when a circuit was exposed to light. With their creativity unleashed the students’ ideas ranged from a diving mask to security alarms.

Not only did they have to design the product, they also had to create prototypes and consider how they’d bring it to market. Then they had to pitch their ideas to our Dragons’ Den from Co-op Digital and our Co-operative Academies Trust.

Stuart Chadwick, a Buyer from Co-op Electrical, said, “The pupils surprised me with their product knowledge, use of PowerPoint and of course the adverts! They should be feeling very proud of what they achieved today”. Head of School, Bev Blanchfield continued, “The children returned from Manchester extremely excited and proud of themselves for having done such a good job. They’ve had an experience that will stay with them for a long time.”