Sodexo has scooped a string of top accolades for its Sports & Leisure stadia business.

Sodexo Sports & Leisure teams from across the country swept the board at the Stadium Events and Hospitality Awards 2017, held at Anfield in Liverpool, picking up eight accolades.

Held annually to recognise the UK’s best football and rugby stadia venues, the awards attracted entries from scores of sporting venues across the country, but it was Sodexo staff to dazzle the judges in several categories.

The biggest winner was Hampden Park, Scotland’s National Stadium, which clinched the Overall Matchday Hospitality and the Matchday Hospitality Large Stadium awards, as well as receiving a bronze accolade in Chef Team of the Year.

Scottish venues also fared well in two other categories, with Aberdeen Football Club’s Pittrodrie Stadium taking top honours in the Non Matchday Mystery Shopper category while Dundee United ground Tannadice Park took bronze in the Matchday Hospitality Small Stadium category.

The Chef Team of the Year prize went to the team at Goodison Park, home of Everton Football Club, who won for the second year running, after impressing the judges during a live kitchen event held at the Hospitality Show at the NEC, Birmingham, earlier this year.

Newcastle United’s St James’ Park was the winner of the Directors Choice Award, voted for by club directors visiting away matches, while the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton won the Media Choice Award, decided by visiting media who attend matches across the country.

James Stanley, Sodexo Sports & Leisure managing director, said: “We are absolutely delighted to take eight different honours at this year’s Stadium Events and Hospitality Awards, where we virtually swept the board.

“This is testament to the hard work and dedication of our talented and dedicated teams across England and Scotland who strive to go that extra mile to give our customers and corporate clients the very best experience on every visit.

“To receive eight awards against such strong opposition proves that we have the best teams in the business, and we are thrilled to receive this recognition for our venues.”

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