Executive Suite members were invited to attend hospitality pilot on Saturday.

Current government guidelines decree that supporters cannot watch matches at the Weston Homes Stadium (despite the detailed protocols produced by the football club showing it can be done safely), but on Saturday, just under 50 diners were able to enjoy pre-match hospitality before watching the action on TV screens.

Our Caroline Hand Executive Suite members were invited as guests for the Sky Bet League One fixture with Oxford United and while adhering to the ‘rule of six’ and ‘social distancing’, enjoyed the experience of being back at the home of the Posh, albeit from the suite rather than pitch-side.

Our hospitality team ensured the safety of our supporters were paramount throughout, with staff wearing masks, as well as adhering to the governance required to host an event of that nature. Posh Chief Executive Bob Symns said: “The club made sure that the stringent measures required to host an event like this were put in place and social distancing was implemented throughout the hours that the supporters were in attendance.

“This pilot event was designed so that we could invite our Executive Suite members back to their normal match day room to watch the game on the tv’s and big screen within the facility and of course see some familiar faces that we know they have been desperately missing during this unprecedented time.

“As a football club, the thing we want more than anything is our fans back into the stadium and we are doing everything we possibly can to make that happen. I met two of our local MPs on Friday, Paul Bristow and Shailesh Vara and explained to them how we can ensure the safety of our supporters would not be compromised and I hope they went away knowing the importance of our supporters to the club and what the club means to the community as a whole.

“While those discussions continue to be had at Government level, we as a football club will look into the possibility of hosting our Executive Suite members at the next Saturday fixture at the Weston Homes Stadium and build on the success of the pilot. Finally, I would like to thank those supporters that were in attendance on Saturday for following the protocols and we hope they enjoyed the day.”