Footballers get the calories they need from modular on-site kitchen

Jon Kay, director and Simon Crispin-Coomber, chef at Complete Catering

Catering infrastructure specialist PKL has delivered a modular six-metre kitchen to Oxford United’s training ground to help the team fulfil its nutritional needs.

PKL worked with Complete Catering, a commercial caterer from Oxfordshire, who became the official team caterers for the Us this summer. It said it instantly knew that it wanted to shake up the set-up to help the players and the team get the food they needed.

Jon Kay, Complete Catering director, said: “The team had been having food brought to their training ground each day, which restricts what you can do as a caterer. We felt there was a better way – having a full kitchen on site that would allow us to provide freshly cooked meals that were healthy, tasty and nutritious.”

Kay and his chef Simon Crispin-Coomber decided to solve the logistical problem by installing a modular kitchen from PKL that could be delivered and be operational in hours.

The two firms work closely with Oxford’s team of sports scientists and trainers to create meals geared towards the team’s training schedule and match days, helping individual players with their personal training plans or even on their route back from injury.

Oxford Utd’s lead sports scientist Scott Daly, said that the new regime had helped them to use the menu at the training ground to help boost the team’s physical performance.

PKL managing director Lee Vines, said: “We are dedicated to providing the best catering infrastructure to our clients that allows them to achieve their targets. Food and good nutrition is vital to the success of any professional sports team and I’m delighted our modular kitchen has played an active part in Complete Catering’s revamp of the U’s food provision. It certainly seems to be helping the team perform!”

“We gave Complete Caterers an idea of what would be good foods and types of meals to have at different points of the training cycle, and they have created a lovely menu which we can then choose from,” he said.

Vines added: “The right nutrition is absolutely vital to a top-performing athlete. The players here at Oxford Utd all know the lifestyle choices they need to make to benefit their training and performance, and it’s great we are now getting this support from our caterers to make that even easier.”

Simon Crispin-Coomber, chef for Complete Catering said he was delighted to be working on site, so close to the players.

“The PKL kitchen really is a home from home for us, with great quality equipment that allows us to cook exactly what the players need fresh to order,” he said. “We believe strongly in sourcing local ingredients and cooking fresh each day. The feedback we are getting from the players and staff is brilliant to hear. We are very proud of the job we do, and it’s been made possible by our PKL kitchen.”

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