Over 300 guests and representatives from football stadia across the country celebrated their ‘off the pitch’ successes at The Official Football Hospitality Awards 2013, 23 May.
Now in their ninth year, the awards recognise the hard work done by the catering, conference and events teams at football stadia across the UK from the Premier League to League Division 2.
This year’s awards were held at Reading FC’s Madejski Stadium. Forty-three clubs entered 18 awards categories.
There were nominations from fans, media and club directors.
CN Managing Editor Paul Colston presented the Media Choice Award to Aston Villa FC. The Villains also won the Overall Matchday Hospitality Experience category.
The Directors Choice Awards went to: League 2 – Bradford City; League 1 – Coventry City; Championship – Hull City; Scottish Premier League – Celtic; Premier League – Manchester City.
The Chef Team of the Year was won by Everton; while the Conference and Events Sales and Marketing Award, sponsored by BDRC Continental, was won by Reading.
A Special Achievement Award was won by Julian Jenkins of Cardiff City.
Star For The Future Award went to Tom Gorringe, also of Cardiff City.
The Green Hospitality Award was won by Newcastle United The Fans Choice Award – The Football Pie League went to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Matchday Hospitality Experience Awards went, respectively, in League 2 to Morecambe; League 1 to Notts County; Championship to Birmingham City.
The Matchday Hospitality Experience Award in Scottish Premier and National Stadia went to Hampden Park Stadium Matchday, while the Premier League Award was another strike for Aston Villa.
Stadium Experience Chairperson Lisette Maas, from Notts County, said: “These awards recognise those dedicated teams who work tirelessly off the pitch at football stadia across the UK to make hospitality, conferences and events run seamlessly for their customers. These often invisible teams continually raise standards across the industry, working both matchdays and non-matchdays to ensure that in some instances up to 90,000 visitors are catered for to an exceptional standard each and every time.”
Reading Football Club Chairman, Sir John Madejski, who was also present at the Awards, added: “We are really proud to have The Football Hospitality Awards here at Reading Football Club. We pride ourselves on the way we treat our clients and we feel a match day is reflected by the hospitality we provide. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the award winners.”
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