Flagship deal between college and Hartlepool United

Craig Hignett, (centre) manager of Hartlepool United, with Andrew Steel Vice principal of Hartlepool College of FE) and Fergus Robertson from The Flagship Restaurant

Craig Hignett, (centre) manager of Hartlepool United, with Andrew Steel Vice principal of Hartlepool College of FE) and Fergus Robertson from The Flagship Restaurant

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A town college has teamed up with Hartlepool United to serve up pre-match meals and hospitality for the new season.

Hartlepool College of Further Education’s The Flagship restaurant’s team of chefs, backed up by catering students, are transferred their skills to Victoria Park after the college signed a deal to look after the corporate hospitality for Pools.

Corporate guests at every home game will now enjoy their pre-match meal from a menu prepared and cooked by Flagship staff, with the college also supplying students to wait on the tables in the hospitality boxes.

Andrew Steel, Vice Principal at Hartlepool College of FE, said: “This is another example of the College working side-by-side with big businesses in the town and we are delighted with the partnership the Flagship now has with Hartlepool United.

“Anyone who has eaten at the Flagship can testify how wonderful it is and we are glad to extend this further into the local community with Pools.

“The hospitality at Hartlepool United has been redeveloped, and there is a new menu which will be regularly reviewed and changed over the season.

“This is an excellent opportunity for our students to develop their skills, both on the catering side and front of house service.

“It is a high intensity environment to serve large groups of people in a relatively short space of time at a football match, and we are confident our students will flourish.

“We are looking forward to staff and students getting the opportunity to develop their skills.”

The partnership has received some excellent feedback since it got underway during Pools’ pre-season friendlies and will be in operation again when Craig Hignett’s men welcome Colchester United to The Vic on Saturday for the first competitive game.

Mark Burrows, Operations Director at Hartlepool United, added: “We’re thrilled to have gone in to partnership with The Flagship and Hartlepool College of FE.

“It’s pleasing that we’re able to link-up with a local organisation which not only helps us provide our corporate guests with a high-level service but also allows some of the town’s youngsters to learn their trade.

“The feedback so far has been extremely positive so we’re looking forward to a long and successful partnership.”

The Flagship is currently having its kitchen area refurbished and when it reopens towards the end of the month, it will be open on Thursday-Saturday evenings as well as Sunday lunchtimes.