Everton thrash Liverpool in Merseyside derby

Everton Football Club are toasting their success after their home ground, Goodison Park, was named Sports Hospitality Venue of the Year 2016 at the Downtown in Business Work Hard, Play Hard awards.

They beat major rival Liverpool Football Club as well as Chester Racecourse, Aintree Racecourse and Formby Golf Course to lift the title on 15 September.

The Work Hard, Play Hard awards are organised annually by Downtown in Business, one of the North West’s leading business organisations.

They celebrate the businesses, people, and venues that have contributed £3.8bn to Liverpool’s visitor economy.

Everton’s events and conferencing is managed by Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, and representatives from the stadium collected their prize at an awards ceremony at Liverpool’s Hilton Hotel, attended by more than 200 businesses.

Debbie Slee, sales and marketing manager for Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events at Everton Football Club, said: “This is another fantastic achievement for all of the team at Everton FC, and follows a very successful year for us.

“To be even nominated for the Work Hard, Play Hard awards was an honour, but to win was absolutely amazing. We were up against some serious rivals and to have fought them off and beaten them to the title is a real coup for us.

“We are constantly striving to make Everton FC the best venue in Liverpool, and to be rewarded for our effort in this way proves we are doing something right. We are very proud of this award and look forward to raising our game even higher to ensure we remain the best.”

This latest award comes just three months after the Everton FC team racked up two major national accolades.

In June, Gareth Billington, Sodexo Sports & Leisure executive head chef at Goodison Park, won the People’s Choice award in the Craft Guild of Chefs awards, which acknowledge the crème de la crème of the industry.

Less than a week later, the team were named Chef Team of the Year at the Stadium and Hospitality Awards.

Martin Fullard


Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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