Vauxhall team win league title

Vauxhall UK celebrate winning the Cobalt Park football league.
Vauxhall UK celebrate winning the Cobalt Park football league.

A LOCAL football league for companies based at Cobalt Park was won by Vauxhall UK, based at Hewlett Packard.

They raised the cup for the first time following a string of victories against Cobalt-based competitors that included G4S, Santander and North Tyneside Council.

Despite their success, captain Paul Oxborough graciously complemented Santander who finished in second place: “Santander was a really strong contender in the league, beating us twice.”

However, our team is really enthusiastic and pulled through with a 9-6 victory in the end. It is the first time that our team has taken part – and we ended up winning.”

Organised through volunteers and the community team at Cobalt, which is the UK’s largest business park, the league has attracted around 90 people to the competition. Organiser Graham Keefe, sports coach at North Tyneside Council, believes the league has been a success.

He said: “Cobalt is a sociable place to work, so the competition has worked really well. I think teams appreciate the opportunity to play in an organised tournament with people from their own company, as well as against neighbouring businesses.

“This is the second time that we have run the league and it is becoming more popular. We are hoping to expand the competition next season and see more teams enter – games are on a Tuesday from 6pm at the North Shields Soccerdome.”

Amy Carroll, travel and community co-ordinator at Cobalt, said: “Cobalt is much more than a business park. Staff love joining in with the activities – there are more than 40 site-wide sporting and social events during the year. Staff also have access to exclusive deals and discounts for restaurants, leisure facilities and shops.”

Employees based at Cobalt can take part in a wide range of activities that include Tai Chi, cycling, netball as well as benefiting from personal travel planning, discounted tickets and leisure and shopping offers.