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Enjoy a day out with top-of-the-table hospitality offering at Turriff United

By Jonathan Clark

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HIGHLAND League club Turriff United are not only improving their offering for fans on the field – but also off it.

United are sitting comfortably inside the top half of the Highland League table – and their hospitality offering is also top-of-the-table quality.

With the ability to host more than 100 people at any given game, the brand-new supporters' bar and hospitality suite are spacious and modern.

A full house enjoys the hospitality offering.
A full house enjoys the hospitality offering.

The popularity of hospitality at The Haughs has gone through the roof since the opening of the bar – early in 2023 – and it's not just football fans who are attending.

Corporate days, Ladies Days, birthdays and many more groups of people have come along to enjoy the facilities at the ground, which vice-chairman Jeff Smith described as the best about.

"We are slightly biased," he admitted. "But the facilities at The Haughs, I'd argue, are the best in the Highland League.

"Perhaps that's because they are the newest, but we have modern stands, a recently-built stadium, a training pitch. The whole thing is relatively new and it's one of the best set-ups in the league.

"Then we have a brand-new supporters bar, which is a building that opened this year, and the hospitality suite which has been there for 10 years. The latest addition to the supporters bar is Torr draught lager by local microbrewery Brewtoon.

Brewtoon is on draft in the lounge at the ground.
Brewtoon is on draft in the lounge at the ground.

"People are surprised about how nice and fresh it is here, with big spacious buildings in immaculate, clean condition. The service from the girls who volunteer in the bar is second to none."

Mr Smith explained some of the days that are on offer at the ground, where everything is local – right down to the majority of the players on the pitch.

"This is not only for football fans and we are not necessarily targeting a football audience," he added. "It's genuinely a good day out.

"We have Ladies Day, we have had a good few birthday events and corporate days. We have had companies come in with 10, 20 or 30 customers and they can raise their brand awareness with a presentation in the boardroom.

Enjoying the football at Ladies Day.
Enjoying the football at Ladies Day.
Scores of women enjoy Ladies Day at The Haughs.
Scores of women enjoy Ladies Day at The Haughs.

"All the food we serve is prepared by The Kastille in the centre of the town and people absolutely love it. We had thousands through the door and nobody has ever complained about the food.

"The actual football team is unique, too, in that, on any given matchday, we can have five or six guys in the teams that are from Turriff. Not many teams have that."

A typical hospitality day at The Haughs will begin between 12.30pm and 1pm with complimentary drinks served to tables. There are three packages – gold (£90), silver (£66) and bronze (£45).

Complimentary drinks, a seat for the match and half-time snacks come with all three offerings, while a single-course meal is added in for the silver package and a three-course meal for the gold.

Meet and Greets with the chairman and group photos are also on offer. A comedian or compere will often provide entertainment, while raffles and various games keep things fun throughout the day.

Even the game being postponed will not put paid to proceedings off the park.

Jeff added: "We have had days, for example a Ladies Day, where we had 80 coming and the football got cancelled, but we have the hospitality anyway.

"On occasion, things continue after the game and we'll have a karaoke for a few hours before closing the bar at 7.30pm or 8pm and laying on a few taxis to ship people up to the social club on the main street."

Turriff United's next home game is against Aberdeen-based side Banks O' Dee on October 21. Hospitality remains available.

Aberdeen took on Turriff United in pre-season at The Haughs.
Aberdeen took on Turriff United in pre-season at The Haughs.

While a couple of matches are sold out – including two in December, one of them being Ladies Day and James Chalmers testimonial on December 2 – there remains plenty chance to get down and enjoy a day at The Haughs.

To book a day at the club, visit www.tufcshop.co.uk/turriff-united-fc-hospitality-3-p.asp

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