LINDLEY CATERING SCORES FIRST DIVISION WIN AT FOOTBALL HOSPITALITY AWARDS
Lindley Heathcotes' Bristol City catering team has scooped the Directors Choice in Coca-Cola Division 1 trophy at the prestigious Stadium Experience - Official Football Hospitality Awards 2007, with their colleagues based at Stoke City picking up the runner-up Award for the Directors Choice in the Championship league.
The two Lindley catering teams each received their accolades in recognition of the quality of their executive catering and high standards of efficiency and customer service they provide at the Bristol and Stoke City Football Clubs.
The highly coveted Directors Choice Awards pitch football clubs in each division against each other to compete for providing the best hospitality experience with votes being cast and judging being made by the boards of directors of in each respective division when they visit an away match with their team.
Jo Neville, Group Sales Manager of Lindley Catering - the UK's leading sports stadia caterer, says: "We're thrilled to bits that our Bristol and Stoke City teams have been so highly commended. It really is a tribute to their dedication to providing a truly memorable hospitality experience, particularly as the recognition comes from the top people in our industry who are in an ideal position to benchmark standards as they travel the country from club to club."
Commenting on this year's Awards, Stadium Experience Chairman Daren O'Dea, says: "The recognition given to those nominated and winning awards is vital to the moral and continued dedication 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."
Now in their fourth year, the annual Football Hospitality Awards are organised by Stadium Experience - a collaboration of 50 football clubs with event facilities in the UK. The organisation aims to raise awareness of and improve the conference and event profile of each stadia for both matchday and non-matchday events. The Football Hospitality Awards were established in 2004 to recognise and reward clubs delivering the best matchday experience based on a number of criteria including food quality, service efficiency venue standards through to presentation of matchday marketing sales literature.
This year's glittering Awards event was held at St James Park, home to Newcastle United Football Club, and was attended by guests from all walks of the football hospitality business including chefs, waiting staff, kitchen porters, catering directors and catering teams from the Barclays Premiership to Coca-Cola Division 2. Newcastle United legend, Peter Beardsley was on hand to present some of the awards.
1) Jo Neville, Lindley Catering's Group Sales Manager, collecting the Championship League runner-up award on behalf of the Stoke City team, from Darren O'Dea, Chairman of Stadium Experience.
2) Lindley Catering's Bristol City team celebrating being voted the top caterers in Division 1. From the left: Carole Lawrenson, member of the Lindley food service team; Kellie Noel, Head Chef; Chris Mariette, Executive Catering Manager, Lindley Catering at Bristol City; Rita Murgatroyd Booking Co-ordinator from Bristol City Football Club and Colin Sexstone, Chief Executive of Bristol City Football Club.