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Say ‘I Do’ in style with free fizz at Pittodrie

Event and food specialist Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events is offering a complimentary fizz reception to anyone booking an engagement party, or wedding, at the home of Aberdeen Football Club.

Newly engaged couples looking to celebrate with friends and family can do so with the help of the venue’s experienced events team. With free fizz for guests and the happy couple for bookings throughout 2018, and on-site catering from Sodexo chefs, it’s the perfect excuse to throw a party this new year.

Offering a unique venue in which to say ‘I Do’ in style, weddings at Pittodrie have become so popular there are now only three Saturdays remaining in June and July this year.

With the opportunity to capture unforgettable wedding pictures around the famous ground, and luxury catering options, it’s a popular venue for football fans and foodies alike.

Working with each couple, Sodexo chefs can create bespoke menu options to ensure each wedding is tailored to their taste. From canapé packages during the pre-wedding breakfast drinks reception, through to a three-course meal, all dishes are freshly made using the finest local, Scottish ingredients.

Helping remove the stress from wedding planning, Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events provides every couple with a dedicated events specialist to look after every detail of the big day. The venue caters for all needs, from a red-carpet welcome and complimentary fizz reception for all bookings received in 2018, to luxury décor and ongoing support.

Kenny Garden, General Manager with Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events at Pittodrie Stadium, said: “We are delighted to see such a high volume of interest in weddings here at Pittodrie, with bookings increasing by 22% last year alone, and it’s also the perfect space to host an engagement party. Offering a complimentary fizz reception for all wedding and engagement bookings this year is our way of saying congratulations to our happy couples.”


Warrington Wolves sign security contract with SHOWSEC

Showsec has signed a new two-year contract with Warrington Wolves to provide security services for all upcoming home games.

The crowd management and event security company has already worked at The Halliwell Jones Stadium since 2009, and has been the Wolves’ primary security supplier for much of that time. However, this is the first time a permanent contract has been in place.

“We have a very strong working relationship with Marc Weall, the new Stadium Manager, and Ken Lewis, the new Stadium Safety Officer, both of whom started in the last season,” said Stephen Roberts, Operations Executive for Showsec, who has served as Head of Security at the stadium for the past two seasons.

“We also have a regular supervisor team, so everyone has been able to work really well together and build up this great partnership.”

Marc Weall, Stadium Manager for the venue, added: “It’s a real comfort to know on a busy, hectic match day that all our security needs are confirmed and in place.

“It takes a lot of pressure off knowing Warrington Wolves are in safe and professional hands, even with the heavy demands of a stadium not only on match days, but the weeks leading up to each game. It's a partnership that grows in strength game on game, through extended dialogue and very well-placed KPI's.”

The new contract is a result of Showsec’s relationship with the club developing over recent years. Having originally only supplied staff for car parks and fire doors on the site, Showsec’s role has significantly expanded to include the main reception, shop, hospitality, turnstiles, stands and CCTV operation.

Approximately 70-80 staff are required for each home game, with an average of around 15 games each year, plus any cup games. The Halliwell Jones Stadium has a maximum capacity of 15,200.

The two-year contract also comes with a potential one-year extension if both parties are happy to continue with the partnership later.


Sports construction forecast to increase by almost 10% in 2018

Construction in the Sports Sector Report – UK 2017-2021 Analysis’, published by AMA Research

The sports facilities construction market in the UK was worth an estimated £1.5 billion in 2017 having grown substantially in the past year, according to a new report by AMA Research. Between 2011 and 2015, output across the sports sector fell year on year, with the exception of a slight increase due to the Olympics Legacy construction activity, but in 2016 and 2017 the sector returned to growth, underpinned by increased levels of activity in the professional sports sector. In 2018, output is expected to increase significantly.

Over the 2014-2016 period, the professional sports sector accounted for around a third of total contractors output in overall sports construction, and is estimated to have improved in 2016 and 2017, driven by renewed growth in stadium construction output, mainly for a few Premier League and EFL Championship clubs.

The education segment typically accounts for around 30% of total contractors output. This is partly because the UK’s education sports estate is extremely large with schools accounting for a substantial proportion of the total numbers of swimming pools, sports halls and pitches UK-wide. There were marked increases in output in the schools sector in 2015 and 2016, where there has been an overall increase in average project values although the number of projects has remained relatively static.

Leisure and sports centre construction also accounts for around third of output, despite growth having been constrained slightly by cuts to local authority budgets. In 2016 and 2017 there appears to have been some improvement compared to previous years. Over the medium term, construction output in the sports sector is likely to decrease due to ongoing pressures on local authority budgets and the ‘Brexit’ factor.

For 2018, we expect total contractors output to increase by around 9.5%, the main reason for this being the first year of the £800m re-development of Tottenham Hotspur’s White Hart Lane stadium. Beyond 2018 it is very difficult to forecast annual output levels reflecting the fact that several recent major proposals have been overturned. However, there should be a substantial increase in output over the period 2019-2020 should re-development of Chelsea FCs and Everton stadiums start next year, which seems likely.

“While the White Hart Lane, Stamford Bridge and Everton developments are ‘flagship’ schemes, there are also a significant number of other reasonably high-value football stadium projects that should sustain growth over the medium term” said Keith Taylor, Director of AMA Research.

“However, flat or declining levels of output in the leisure centre, semi-professional & recreational sports clubs sectors will have some constraint on overall growth rates, and we also expect growth to be modest for educational sports facilities, as schools upgrade following conversion to academy status.”

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