Global services company Sodexo has agreed a 15-year £100m partnership with Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) and Leeds Cricket, Football and Athletics (LCF&A) to provide catering to its Headingley Stadium.
A full time team of 14 and more than 1,000 temporary staff will provide catering and hospitality services for all matches at the stadium including this summer’s Ashes series, the ICC Cricket World Cup.
Emerald Headingley Stadium has completed a £40m refurbishment and now offers improved services, including Emerald Suite comprising a 450 person lounge overlooking both the cricket and rugby pitches.
Andy Dawson, YCCC’s commercial director, said: “It is our ambition to provide a best in-class experience for our members, spectators and corporate guests and to achieve this we need to offer variety of food options which offer excellent value for money. We are proud of our long-standing relationship with Sodexo and with their skilled team on board and Emerald Headingley Stadium Events award winning chefs in place; we will deliver a memorable food experience for all.”
Chris Bray, CEO, sports and leisure, Sodexo UK and Ireland, added: “We are delighted to extend our relationship with Emerald Headingley Stadium. It is one of the leading sporting and events venues in the UK we are looking forward to working closely with YCCC and LCF&A to deliver memorable catering and event experiences whilst working with local suppliers and supporting the local community.”
The announcement also comes shorty after the company secured two new five year soft services contract with the HMRC worth £15m per year. The services including cleaning, waste, porterage, meeting room management, mail and food services across HMRC’s central and south regions.