Sunderland firm’s World Cup penalty special

WORLD CUP WINNERS - Team America with the HFC under-nine team.
WORLD CUP WINNERS - Team America with the HFC under-nine team.
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THE USA team might have bowed out of the World Cup in Brazil this week, but they triumphed at a Sunderland business.

Pump manufacturer Grundfos held a fun penalty shoot-out for their employees at their Castletown site.

The workforce was split into the teams in the World Cup – and USA came out on top, beating Portugal in the final. Proceeds from the event – Grundfos donated £1 for every penalty scored – were divided between Cancer Research and the NSPCC in Sunderland.

It was planned by three of the company’s health advocates and one of the production planners.

“It was great fun, but it also tapped into our health and well-being agenda, encouraging people to exercise more and think about their fitness,” explained Janette Ede, senior EHS specialist.

“There was a lot of support and a lot of laughter, and our winning team, the USA, then had a shoot-out against HFC under-nines team, which is a side we sponsor,” added Brenda Roberts, business support co-ordinator at Grundfos.

Trophies for the winning team, the runners up as well as the worst “missed goal”, were presented by 1973 SAFC FA Cup-winning hero Dick Malone. He also presented Grundfos goody bags to the HFC players.

Danish firm Grundfos employs 190 people in Sunderland.