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The Football Hospitality Awards 2013

Fri 5th Apr 2013 | Football Industry Events

Entries are now open for the Football Hospitality Awards 2013, the stadium hospitality industry’s annual celebration of outstanding performance within the sector.

Taking place on the 23rd of May, the awards will see representatives from football clubs across the country get together to toast this year’s best hospitality providers.

Now in their ninth year, the Football Hospitality Awards were founded in 2005 by members of industry network group Stadium Experience to recognise and reward exceptional standards in the industry. Shining the spotlight on the off-the-pitch staff who put so much effort into making match day and non-match day events go well, the Football Hospitality Awards recognise everyone from Kitchen Porters to Operations Directors.

Reading Football Club’s Madejski Stadium will host the glamorous awards ceremony this year, showcasing their excellent facilities and hospitality offering. With a Champagne reception in their Windsor Lounge, a lavish dinner prepared by Executive Head Chef Scott Iremonger and Jazz until late in the on-site jazz club, it is set to be a night to remember. Stadium Experience are looking forward to the involvement of businessman and Reading chairman Sir John Madejski in the event. Previous host clubs have included Leicester City, Chelsea, Aston Villa and last year’s host club Brighton and Hove Albion.

With categories for matchday and non-matchday hospitality across all leagues from League 2 to the Premiership, and Scotland’s Premier League, the awards are voted for by club directors, Salon Culinaire judges, industry peers, fans, Stadium Experience leadership and the media. Winning the awards promotes the hospitality offering of stadia and is a highly valuable motivation to staff within the companies.

Some awards are open to all clubs and not only existing Stadium Experience members. For members and non-members alike, the awards are a perfect way of getting your hospitality noticed by industry insiders and motivating your team. Even if you don’t enter any awards, the awards themselves are a fantastic networking opportunity and a spectacular evening for the whole industry.

Former Jamaica international and Notts County, Birmingham City and Derby County footballer Michael Johnson, who will be attending the awards to present a category prize, believes they are a vital part of the sporting platform, commenting:

“I am delighted to be returning to the Football Hospitality Awards to present an award this year. When you play well on the pitch, it is always really important that you get rewarded with a win. Winning is really important to motivate a team. This is just as important in the off-the-pitch activities of a football club. Especially in a difficult financial climate, the commercial departments of a club are crucial to underpinning its success and it is so important that clubs develop food and beverage and hospitality offerings to contribute to their financial stability. Sometimes these aspects can be overlooked but they are crucial.”  - Michael Johnson

Last year’s overall Matchday Hospitality Experience Award winners were Aston Villa, who also won The Green Award, The Chef Team of the Year Award, Matchday Hospitality in the Premier League, a Silver Media Choice Award and a Bronze Conference and Events Sales and Marketing Award.

Stadium Experience chair person Lisette Maas of Notts County Football Club commented:

“The awards give recognition to those nominated and those who win alike. This is vital not only to raising standards within the industry but to the morale and continued motivation of the catering and events departments at our football clubs. They work tirelessly behind the scenes on matchdays and non-matchdays, to ensure that in some instances up to 90,000 visitors are catered for to an exceptional standard.” – Lisette Maas 

Stadium Experience member clubs will receive two free tickets for the awards, however the awards and the Football Hospitality Awards dinner in May are open to all football clubs to participate.

Visit www.stadiumexperience.com for more information.

For more information and to enter the awards, visit the Stadium Experience website and download the “How to Get Involved in the Football Hospitality Awards” PDF.  www.stadiumexperience.com


Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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