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Sodexo secures £100m contract

Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC) and Leeds Cricket, Football and Athletics (LCF&A) has awarded a 15 year contract to Sodexo, worth over £100m in total turnover.

The contract will see Sodexo build on its eight-year partnership with YCCC and LCF&A at the Emerald Headingley Stadium- home of Yorkshire Cricket and Leeds Rhinos.

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 Super League, this summer’s Ashes series, the ICC Cricket World Cup and the new competition “The Hundred” from 2020.

Emerald Headingley Stadium has completed a £40m refurbishment, which includes the new 450-capacity Emerald Suite.

Sodexo has also won the contract for non-match day sales to help drive additional revenue for the stadium, drawing on its expertise in the sports and leisure sector.

Chris Bray, CEO, Sports & Leisure for Sodexo UK & Ireland said: “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 while working with local suppliers and supporting the local community.”

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 Event’s award-winning chefs in place; we will deliver a memorable food experience for all.”