Black Cats visit Caterpillar Peterlee
Written by Scott McGerty on 1st April 2018
Chris Coleman and his Sunderland AFC players took time from their Easter Weekend preparations to visit fans and employees at Caterpillar Peterlee.
The full squad, along with the backroom staff and club ambassador Kevin Ball, enjoyed a tour of the facility, taking part in interactive challenges while chatting about football and trucks with some of the plant’s 1,400 employees.
Staff at the home of the Articulated Truck also took time to talk players through the plant’s world-wide reach and some of the machines that are produced in County Durham before being shipped to almost every corner of the world.
There was also a tour of The Learning Centre of Light, a learning space run collaboratively between Caterpillar and Foundation of Light.
Speaking about the visit, Chris Coleman said: “It has been great for myself and the team to come here and see this amazing facility in action.
“The staff were fantastic with us and welcomed us with open arms. I know many of them are Sunderland supporters, so it was a privilege to be able to chat with them and learn about how they earn their living. The passion they showed for both the club and their workplace was tremendous, they are a real credit to the region”.
Sunderland captain, John O’Shea said: “It has been great to learn about what goes on here and the global reach of Caterpillar. The lads and myself really enjoyed the experience and were certainly put through our paces on the production line!
“Meeting the people who work in the region and support us on a Saturday is something that is very important and I would like to thank everyone at Caterpillar for such a warm welcome and giving up their time to show us what they do.”
Caterpillar Peterlee managing director, Phil Handley said: “It has been a really fantastic day for us all here and I really hope the players got as much out of it as we did.
“We have so many Sunderland supporters here that there has been a huge buzz and excitement for them to arrive. It has been a real boost for us all at what would have been an easy time for Sunderland to not come and do something like this.”