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Aston Villa Scoop Top Hospitality Prize

Fri 24th May 2013 | Football Industry Events

Aston Villa were toast of the town last night after they scooped the ‘Overall Matchday Hospitality Experience Gold Award for 2013’ at the prestigious Stadium Hospitality Awards.

The awards, hosted by Stadium Experience at Reading’s Madejski Stadium, recognise and reward exceptional standards in the industry shining the spotlight on the off-the-pitch staff.

It was a good night for Villa, who also walked away with thePremier League & National Stadia Matchday Hospitality Experience Award’, the ‘Media Choice Award’ along with the ‘Green Hospitality Bronze Award’.

“We work really hard behind-the-scenes to make sure our standards are always immensely high. We also attempt to break new ground and always strive to be pioneers in our industry. These awards give us a boost and tell us we are doing the right things but also encourages us to keep on going in our ongoing efforts to improve."
“A special mention to Carly too, who picked up a merit award. We’re very proud of her and confident she will have a big future in the industry.”

Alison Plant, Head of Sponsorship and Hospitality at Aston Villa, said: “What a night! We started the evening by winning the media choice award and finished it by emerging successful once again with the overall hospitality prize. We really couldn’t be happier. To win the main gong once is fantastic. To win it twice – and two years in a row at that – is terrific.

“We work really hard behind-the-scenes to make sure our standards are always immensely high. We also attempt to break new ground and always strive to be pioneers in our industry. These awards give us a boost and tell us we are doing the right things but also encourages us to keep on going in our ongoing efforts to improve.

“A special mention to Carly too, who picked up a merit award. We’re very proud of her and confident she will have a big future in the industry.”

Other winners on the night included the team at Hampden Park, who won the ‘Scottish Premier League & National Stadia Matchday Hospitality Experience Award’ and Birmingham City picking up the ‘Matchday Hospitality Experience Award’ for Championship clubs.

Notts County and Morecambe FC wonMatchday Hospitality Experience Award’ for League One & Two, respectively.

Manchester City won the ‘Directors Choice Award’ for the Premier League with Celtic scooping the Scottish equivalent.

Cardiff City’s Julian Jenkins won the ‘Special Achievement Award’ whilst Tom Gorringe won ‘Star For The Future Gold Award’, both of which were sponsored by fcbusiness.

fcbusiness Managing Director, Andy Mullen, who was on hand to present the two awards said, “Congratulations to all the award winners. The competition was tough but the all the winners thoroughly deserved their awards

“Both Julian and Tom are worthy winners of their awards for the outstanding work they have done at Cardiff City.”

Stadium Experience Chair Person Lisette Maas, from Notts County Football Club, commented: “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, 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.”

The full list of winners is below:

Media Choice Award
(Voted for by media attending matches across the UK) 
WINNER - Aston Villa Football Club 
SILVER - Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club
BRONZE - Chesterfield Football Club

Directors Choice Awards
(Voted for by football clubs board of directors when they visit an away match)
Directors Choice in League 2 Award - Bradford City Football Club
Directors Choice in League 1 Award - Coventry City Football Club
Directors Choice in the Championship Award - Hull City Football Club
Directors Choice in The Scottish Premier League Award - Celtic Football Club
Directors Choice in the Premier League Award - Manchester City Football Club

Chef Team of the Year - Sponsored by Salon Culinaire
(Live theatre competition in January 2013 in front of Salon Culinaire chef judges) 
WINNER - Everton Football Club (GOLD 1st in Class)
GOLD - West Bromwich Albion Football Club
SILVER - Arsenal Football Club
BRONZE - Newcastle United Football Club          
MERIT - Hampden Park Stadium, Aston Villa Football Club, Morecambe Football Club

Conference & Events Sales & Marketing Award - Sponsored by BDRC Continental 
(Judged by a mystery shopper style telephone call enquiry and follow up process)
WINNER - Reading Football Club         
SILVER - Swansea City Football Club         
BRONZE - Aston Villa Football Club

Special Achievement Award - Sponsored by FC Business
(Judged by panel of award sponsors and the Stadium Experience Awards committee) 
WINNER - Julian Jenkins, Cardiff City Football Club       
SILVER - Conference & Events Team, Birmingham City Football Club    
BRONZE - Michael Moran, Newcastle United Football Club

Star For The Future Award - Sponsored by FC Business 
(Judged by panel of award sponsors and the Stadium Experience Awards committee)
WINNER - Tom Gorringe, Cardiff City Football Club
SILVER - Jameel Skeet-Pierre, Everton Football Club
SILVER - Adam Lamb, Birmingham City Football Club
BRONZE - Sophie Dymond, Reading Football Club

The Green Hospitality Award 
(Voted for by the Stadium Experience Awards committee) 
WINNER - Newcastle United Football Club        
SILVER - Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club       
BRONZE - Aston Villa Football Club

The Fans Choice Award - The Football Pie League
(Voted for by fans using the H&C News Facebook fan page)
WINNER - Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club
SILVER - AFC Bournemouth
BRONZE - Morecambe Football Club 

Matchday Hospitality Experience Awards
(Reported by professional chef judges who experienced hospitality at UK clubs this season using strict criteria)
Matchday Hospitality Experience Award in League 2 - Morecambe Football Club
Matchday Hospitality Experience Award in League 1 - Notts County Football Club
Matchday Hospitality Experience Award in the Championship - Birmingham City Football Club
Matchday Hospitality Experience Award in Scottish Premier & National Stadia - Hampden Park Stadium
Matchday Hospitality Experience Award in the Premier League & National Stadia - Aston Villa Football Club  

Overall Winner Matchday Hospitality Experience Award  
WINNER - Aston Villa Football Club
SILVER - Hampden Park Stadium
BRONZE - Newcastle United Football Club

 

Posted by: Aaron Gourley

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