As part of our sponsorship of the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in July, we’ve got a special discounted price for colleagues for the opening session on Friday 14th July, in London. Our colleague Carly Tait will hopefully be competing in the 100m T34 race on that evening. The tickets are category A, on the finishing line and cost only £14 instead of the standard price of £45. We know many colleagues will want to be on the finishing line, cheering Carly on.


How to buy your tickets

  • Visit between now and 9 June
  • Select the number of category A tickets you wish to purchase for the opening session on Friday 14 July
  • Add to your basket
  • Enter promo code: COLL
  • The discount will be applied and seats selected

Other important info

  • If you’re buying tickets please be certain you can attend as we don’t want there to be empty seats.
  • Tickets are not for resale. You can take friends or family with you on these discounted tickets but must not resell your tickets.
  • If you’d like to go to the event but can’t make the opening session, look out for an email going to all members on 10 June, offering 50% discount on tickets for all sessions.


Who is Carly Tait?

We’ll let Carly tell you in her own words, but Carly is a Co-op colleague who works in the Food Digital team in Manchester and has cerebral palsy. Carly is a former fitness-phobe and after experiencing the London 2012 closing ceremony as a spectator, opened her eyes to the sporting opportunities for people with cerebral palsy. Carly approached Co-op with a dream and we have supported her throughout her journey. Carly made it all the way to the Rio Paralympics and represented Great Britain in the 100m wheelchair race. Carly is hoping to qualify for the World Para Athletics Championships in London this year.

What is the World Para Athletics Championships?

The WPC is the biggest para athletics event outside of the Paralympics and London is hosting the event later this year in July (14 – 23 July). The organisers have already sold more tickets than they’ve sold for the last 10 championships combined and are expecting 650-750k people to attend. Traditionally the para event falls after the able-bodied event but in London the paras will come first which is again adding to the hype around the event.

How are Co-op involved?

As part of our support for Carly and also as part of our British campaign we’ve been working with the WPC on a partnership deal. We’re now an official partner of the WPC as part of a Value In Kind deal and we will be supplying the food for the 4,000 volunteer games makers (known as runners at the WPC) and athletes. We’ll also be supplying the food to all the volunteers at the IAAF which is the able bodied championships. In addition to this, we’re a supporter of the British Para Athletics Team, of whom Carly will hopefully be racing as part of their team in London.

Selfie mosaic


A major part of the campaign is our attempt to obtain a Guinness World Record for our mosaic. The mosaic is an image of Carly and 2 other British Para Athletes that will eventually be made up of thousands of selfies. We’re asking everyone to upload a selfie and a message of support for our British Para Team ahead of the championships. We need 126,000 selfies to be uploaded to grab the world record! So have a look at the mosaic website and upload up your selfie today: