English Premier League football club Southampton has signed an agreement in principle for a new catering and events partnership with Gather & Gather.

The partnership is due to start on July 1, with Gather & Gather to provide catering and events services for Southampton ranging from food and drink concepts and service in concourses and hospitality suites, to conferences and events at St. Mary’s on non-match days.

As part of the agreement, Gather & Gather will also cater for Southampton’s players and staff. The company will also work with the club to identify additional ways to enhance the experience for fans and clients visiting the stadium.

Gather & Gather is part of catering and hospitality company CH&CO, which holds a Royal Warrant for provision of catering services to The Queen and works with clients such as Historic Royal Palaces and Kew Gardens.

Southampton’s chief commercial officer David Thomas said: “We conducted an in-depth and lengthy selection process as we looked at a new catering and events partnership, and it was Gather & Gather that emerged as the standout choice for us.

“It is not only a dynamic and agile brand, with a reputation for providing a first-rate service, but one that shares many key values with us, from its desire to challenge the status quo, to how it places innovation and people at the heart of everything it does.

“We are delighted to be working with such a fresh and exciting company, and we are looking forward to collaborating with them on enhancing an experience we are already proud of for both our fans and our clients.”

Rob Fredrickson, managing director of Gather & Gather UK, added: “Putting brilliant food and drink experiences at the heart of every visit to the club was a consistent theme throughout the process, and we’re excited to be working with a forward-thinking partner that shares that aspiration.

“There was an immediate connection as we talked through our proposals with David and his team, with our vision, values and approach closely aligned.

“Together we will make a tangible difference to not only the match day and non-match day experience, but, through our work with Saints Foundation, to the lives of the people and communities connected to the club.”

St. Mary’s will serve as a host venue during the UEFA Women’s Euro 2021 national team tournament next summer.

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