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One of the North East’s top flight football teams has boosted its trophy cabinet, with a new award for activities off the pitch.

1879 Events Management, the specialist events and catering arm of Sunderland Association Football Club (SAFC), was awarded silver in the Operations Team of the Year category at the Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards 2015.

The prestigious ceremony, organised annually by Stadium Experience, is designed to recognise the efforts and dedication shown by the catering, conference and events teams at football and rugby stadiums across the UK.

The team from 1879 Events Management, based at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, impressed the awards committee and sponsors judging panel with their ability to cater for all manner of audiences at events of any scale.

This includes business dinners, award ceremonies and project launches, with more than 1000 events taking place at the stadium in 2014 alone.

The firm’s wide range of hospitality packages, delivered at football fixtures and an array of specialist events, including high profile concerts, was also instrumental in the team’s success.

Efforts are now being made to build on this award-winning status and boost bookings at the Stadium of Light for the rest of 2015.  

This includes the introduction of a new range of special offers, such as free room hire for events involving 50 people or more and daily delegate rates starting from the reduced cost of £28 per person.

Gary Hutchinson, Commercial Director for 1879 Events Management, said: “Since its launch in 2012, 1879 Events Management has helped the Stadium of Light evolve from a sporting arena to an award-winning venue that offers the perfect combination of superb facilities, first-class service and top flight football.

“We’re thrilled that these efforts have now been recognised nationally at the Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards and look forward to continuing this success throughout 2015 and beyond.”

For more information about 1879 Events Management, which also manages catering and events at National Glass Centre, Sunderland and Beach House bistro, Roker, visit www.1879events, call  0871 911 1269, email or follow @1879Events on Twitter.