9 Sep 13

Gloucester energy employees celebrate National Paralympic Day

EDF Energy employees in Gloucester enjoyed a day of Paralympic sport last week, as they celebrated National Paralympic Day and the company’s continued partnership with the British Paralympic Association.

On Friday September 6, dozens of employees took part in demonstration games of boccia, a precision ball sport similar to bowls, at the company’s Barnett Way office in Barnwood. The employees were joined by European Championship boccia athlete Martin Davies who introduced them to the rules of the game and offered advice and tips.

EDF Energy recently pledged that it would support the British Paralympic Association (BPA) for four years, in the lead up to the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. This follows a previous charity partnership that saw EDF Energy and its employees raise more than £650,000 for the BPA between March 2010 and March 2013.

The sporting events in Exeter were organised to coincide with the BPA’s first annual National Paralympic Day*, which took place on Saturday September 7. This date marked one year since the end of the London 2012 Paralympic Games and three years to the day until the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

Thousands of people across the country supported National Paralympic Day, which aimed to inspire and challenge people’s attitudes towards disabilities. Members of the public were encouraged to try out a Paralympic sport, volunteer at a local disability sports club or attend the National Paralympic Day Festival, held in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The free-to-attend festival relived the excitement of the Games with attendees able to meet ParalympicsGB athletes and watch live sports such as wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball in the Copper Box Arena.

Irene Garbett, Operational Support Manager at EDF Energy in Barnwood, took part in the boccia demonstration game at the company’s Barnett Way office on September 6.

She said: "I really enjoyed having the opportunity to try out boccia for the first time. Martin was fantastic and made the day really special. Everyone who came down enjoyed the experience and many of my team would love to have another go - we think it would be a great team building activity.

"After such a fantastic London Games - we need to keep the spotlight on disability sport and make sure we keep supporting our inspiring athletes."

Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of the British Paralympic Association, said: “We would like to thank EDF Energy for their continued support of the British Paralympic Association and of our first annual National Paralympic Day. One year on from what was called the ‘greatest ever’ Paralympic Games, National Paralympic Day provided us with an opportunity to showcase once again the talents of our athletes and continue our efforts in promoting disability sport from grass roots to elite level. We hope that the popularity of National Paralympic Day continues to grow.”

EDF was the official electricity supplier of the London 2012 Games and the company ensured that every unit of electricity that was supplied to the Olympic Park was backed by low carbon nuclear and renewable sources.



*National Paralympic Day is a celebration of all things Paralympic across the UK. At the heart of the celebrations is National Paralympic Day featuring the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which is organised by the BPA, the Mayor of London, and the London Legacy Development Corporation.

Photo caption: EDF Energy employees Martin Edmond (L) and Irene Garbett (R) are introduced to the game of boccia by athlete Martin Davies (centre), as part of the company’s National Paralympic Day celebrations.

For more information contact:
Charlotte Mitchell – EDF Energy Charlotte.mitchell@edfenergy.com 07875114 872