Restaurant VMF will be closing its doors for the final time on July 19 as the five year project reaches its conclusion.

Restaurant VMF opened in October 2010 and put local young people at the heart of the project giving them an opportunity to gain a formal Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Hospitality Services.

The club is extremely proud of what has been achieved and the standards that were reached by VMF.

While the restaurant will not reopen in August, opportunities for young people will continue at the many events and functions that take place at Villa Park throughout the year and on each matchday, when we prepare and serve over 1,000 meals.

Charlie Wijeratna, chief commercial officer, said: “I would like to thank all those involved in Restaurant VMF, the staff, the apprentices and, of course, those who have dined at and therefore supported the project over the years.

“Our aim in running the restaurant was to offer opportunities to young, local people and to develop talent that could work in our matchday hospitality offering and our busy non-matchday programme of events. “Our commitment to supporting young people continues and we will shortly be recruiting a new group of apprentices who will work within the Aston Villa Hospitality and Events team.”