Two teams made up of staff from Nissan’s Sunderland plant will go for glory in the final of a five-a-side competition just yards from the Champions League final tomorrow.
Fifteen workers from the car giant’s Wearside factory will be joining football stars Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez this weekend, when they fly to Berlin to take part in a European cup final.
The Nissan teams are competing in the final of a five-aside competition, set up as part of the company’s four year sponsorship of the UEFA Champions league.
The teams will play their own game before watching the Barcelona versus Juventus final in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.
Despite 92 Nissan teams from countries including Spain, Russia and Italy entering the competition, the trophy is guaranteed to be coming back to Wearside, as the final will feature two sides from Sunderland.
After making it through the knock-out stages held at Manchester City’s training ground last month, teams from the plant’s Press Shop and Trim and Chassis Line Two will battled it out in front of fans in the UEFA Champions League Village, next to the historic Brandenburg Gate.
Having two sides from Sunderland in the final adds to the pressure in some ways but it’s great to know that whoever wins the game, the Nissan trophy is coming back to the plant.Niki Lawson, goalkeeper for the Trime and Chassis Line Two team
Goalkeeper for the Trim and Chassis Line Two team, Niki Lawson, 26, from Houghton, said: “Nissan’s sponsorship of the UEFA Champions league has given us a once in a lifetime opportunity to watch the final and to play out in Berlin.
“Having two sides from Sunderland in the final adds to the pressure in some ways but it’s great to know that whoever wins the game, the Nissan trophy is coming back to the plant.”
As well as the two five-a-side teams, as the official automotive partner of the Champions League and producer of the biggest selling electric vehicle (EV) in the world, Nissan will be supplying over 100 electric vehicles, including Sunderland built LEAFs to UEFA and associated sponsors to transport guests and officials in the build-up to the final.
The company is also installing 129 electric car charging stations around Tegel International Airport, various Berlin hotels and the Olympiastadion, several of which will remain as a lasting legacy for the German city.