FA chooses OCS for catering contract at National Football Centre

Facilities management and catering business OCS has won a lucrative new contract with the Football Association.

The company is to provide a number of services, including on-site catering at the FA's new National Football Centre at St George's Park in Burton-on-Trent.

As well as providing catering at the recently opened facility, the five-year deal will see OCS take responsibility for front-of-house, security and cleaning services.

The company is to focus on sustainability in delivering the contract, particularly in regards to the catering operation.

OCS is to introduce a 'sustainability park' which will include an allotment to generate produce to be used at the National Football Centre.

The sustainability park will also feature its own beehives and composting and recycling areas.

Martin Gammon, managing director for OCS Group UK Ltd, said: "We are delighted to have won this prestigious contract with the Football Association and look forward to working in partnership with them to make St George's Park a state-of-the-art facility."

Opened on July 2nd this year, the National Football Centre is set to become the base for all coaching and development work undertaken by the FA as well as the training and preparation ground for all of the England football teams.

Costing around £100 million to build and covering a 330-acre site, the centre is home to a number of world-class features, including two outdoor pitches, a full-sized indoor pitch, several hydrotherapy suites, biomechanic training gyms, video analysis amenities, coaching suites and sports science facilities.

"Our contracts at sites such as the KIA Oval, the NEC and now St George's Park demonstrate our capability in supporting leading-edge sporting and leisure facilities," added Mr Gammon.

Based in Crawly, OCS Group is one of the largest privately owned facilities management companies in the UK.

Earlier this month, it was named Family Business of the Year at the Private Business Awards 2012.

Sponsored by PwC and HSBC Private Bank, the awards are intended to celebrate excellence in the non-quoted business sector.

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