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PPD for the Win!

Mexico City employees celebrate the opportunity to get to know each other.

The InterCRO Football Soccer Tournament is an annual competition where local clinical research organizations (CROs) come together each Saturday for two months during the spring. PPD employees in Mexico City compete in either the women’s or men’s football (soccer) teams. At the conclusion of the tournament, the PPD teams were crowned the winners! All the players involved felt the tournament was an exciting and rewarding experience. The games gave colleagues from various departments — including clinical monitoring, remote site monitoring, medical communications, data management, global clinical supplies and clinical team management — the chance to compete together.

Colleagues formed a united front for the event, giving their time to train and play. PPD supporters attended each game to cheer.

“I like to support the PPD teams because they are part of the activities we have in the company,” said Germán Gutierrez, administrative assistant. “Personally, I like to play football but unfortunately due to a broken foot I could not play this tournament, but it has been a great opportunity to socialize with my teammates.”

Jimena Gonzalez Barragan, a remote site monitor and a player on our women’s team, enjoyed the opportunity to mix with colleagues that she doesn’t interact with daily. “I’ve been on the soccer team since day one. I was excited at the prospect of getting to know colleagues in other departments,” said Jimena. “Even though this is my first year playing and some of the other women have been on the team for over three years, I feel like I‘ve known them forever. We have managed our time efficiently to train three times a week and there is no better and fun exercise than a soccer team. I’ve really enjoyed that PPD offers this activity.”

Even though winning the competition has been great, even more rewarding for the participants has been the time spent together each Saturday. “It has been a very exciting experience, representing the PPD soccer team,” said Germán. “It’s another way to know your coworkers, getting us to work as one PPD and having fun every Saturday. Thank you, PPD!”

To read more stories about PPD employees, visit our Life at PPD blog.