PFA Awards presented in association with Sodexo

Sean Haley, Sodexo UK & Ireland region chair, has presented Chelsea Ladies FC forward Fran Kirby (pictured) with the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award at the 45th PFA Awards at Grosvenor House London.

Melanie Duffett, brand & communications director, Sodexo UK & Ireland, presented Bristol City forward Lauren Hemp with the PFA Young Player of the Year award.

Sodexo has strong links with professional football in the UK and Ireland, and a clear focus on gender balance.

The Sodexo Sports & Leisure portfolio includes provision of retail, hospitality, sales and conference services at the stadiums of Everton FC, Newcastle United FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC in the Premier League.

Sodexo also has contracts with the National Stadium of Northern Ireland at Windsor Park in Belfast, the Scottish national stadium Hampden Park, and with Aberdeen, Dundee and Dundee United.

Sodexo is committed to achieving greater gender balance across its business, and has been included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women since 2014.

Sean Haley, Sodexo UK & Ireland region chair, said, “We’re proud to sponsor the Women’s PFA Player’s Player of the Year and Women’s PFA Young Player of the Year as we also put skill, passion and energy into the services we provide in our professional football partnerships, and we pride ourselves on our genuine commitment to achieving greater gender balance in our business.

“Many congratulations to Fran Kirby and Lauren Hemp on their well-deserved awards, and very well done to all those shortlisted.”

PFA Chief Executive, Gordon Taylor OBE, said, “The PFA Awards is always a special occasion and one of the biggest nights in football’s social calendar

“For the winners who are honoured at the awards, there can be no greater personal accolade than that of being recognised by your peers; an honour to be cherished.”