BEST OPERATIONS TEAM 2019
Accrington Stanley Football Club
Accrington Stanley’s Operations Team have delivered an initiative into the community where 1200 eight year old (year 3) school children have each received a home Stanley shirt handed out by the players at The Wham Stadium. The 32 schools were individually bused in by local bus and coach companies and received their shirt and class photograph. Support from club sponsors, the local Borough Council and various local companies to ensure the children were given a day to remember and an introduction and opportunity at a young age to support their local community football club. The 5 year initiative (now in its third year) will engage with around 6000 local school children who are the next generation of Accrington Stanley fans as the club builds its fan base yearly.
Arsenal’s Travel, Events, Supporter Liaison team
Ashton Gate Stadium
Ashton Gate is a 27,000-seater stadium and home to Bristol City FC; Bristol Bears Rugby; Bristol Sport; Bristol Robins Community Foundation; Bristol Bears Community Foundation and the Bristol Sport Foundation. It is part of a unique proposition, a sporting group of companies all owned by British businessman Stephen Lansdown CBE.
In 2016 Ashton Gate Stadium completed a £45m rebuild to transform it into a modern 365-day-a-year multi-purpose venue and the largest conference and events space in the South West of England. As home to both football and rugby teams our Operations Team continually transitions the stadium from one sport to another. Seamlessly ensuring that whichever sport is featured everything is geared to it being ‘their’ stadium – the colours, the branding, the store, the music – every piece of artwork and flag is interchanged sometimes in under 24-hours.
This year the Operations Team faced their biggest challenge to date – successfully delivering our first ever Summer Series of Concerts. Four international acts (Rod Stewart, Take That, Muse & Spice Girls), more than a hundred thousand visitors to the stadium in less than four weeks. Rave reviews and a swell of social media praising specifically our Operations Team for their work!
English Football League
The EFL is the world’s original league football competition. With 72 member Clubs, it is the largest single body of professional Clubs in European football and regulates the EFL, the Carabao Cup and the EFL Trophy, as well as reserve and youth football.
The League oversees 1,656 League games per season as well as 93 Carabao Cup matches and 127 in the EFL Trophy. These competitions culminate in five Finals at Wembley Stadium, which take place from February to May.
During the 2018/19 season, over 18.3 million people attended EFL matches – the highest figure since 1959. This included a record 85,021 fans at Wembley Stadium to watch Portsmouth’s EFL Trophy triumph against Sunderland.
Fixtures across the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two, as well as Carabao Cup and EFL Trophy matches and their respective finals would not take place without the hard work of the EFL and its employees.
Everton Football Club
The last 12-months have heralded one of the most exciting periods in Everton Football Club’s recent history. As the Blues look towards a move to a new stadium, over £10 million has been invested into a number of projects to help drive the Club forward, whilst respecting the heritage of its current home at Goodison Park. These include the creation of a new accessible viewing platform at Goodison Park for disabled supporters, relocation of staff into a new state-of-the-art Head Office in Liverpool city centre and redevelopment of matchday hospitality lounges.
The Stadium Operations Team have been crucial in the successful completion of these mass-scale projects, while ensuring the Club meets the commitments required of a Premier League club, both on and off the pitch.