Everton beat Liverpool in local hospitality stakes

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03:  A general view of the stadium before the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on January 3, 2016 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Dave Thompson/Getty Images)

The catering firm behind one of the UK’s most historic football grounds is celebrating after beating its rivals to an award for the top regional hospitality venue in sport.

Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events popped the champagne corks after Everton FC was named Sports Hospitality Venue of the Year 2016 at the Downtown in Business Work Hard, Play Hard awards.

Goodison Park beat off major rival Liverpool FC as well as Chester Racecourse, Aintree Racecourse and Formby Golf Course to lift the title last night.

The Work Hard, Play Hard awards are organised annually by Downtown in Business, one of the North West’s leading business organisations. It celebrates the businesses, people and venues which have helped make Liverpool’s visitor economy with £3.8billion.

Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events manages all the events and conferencing for Everton FC and a group from the stadium received their prize at an awards ceremony at Liverpool’s Hilton Hotel.

Debbie Slee, sales and marketing manager for Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events at Everton Football Club, said: “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.

And just a few days later, the team were also named Chef Team of the Year at the Stadium and Hospitality Awards.

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