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More than 640 of the UK’s and Europe’s leading groundscare experts from both the professional and volunteer sector, as well as dignitaries from the governing bodies of sport and influential sports administrators, have honoured the expertise, dedication and passion of the country’s grounds profession at the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) annual Industry Awards.  Read more

IOG announces venue for this year’s Conference and Awards

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The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) has announced that this year’s National Conference and Industry Awards will be held at MK Dons Stadium in Milton Keynes, UK, on Thursday, December 4, 2014.

 

Building on the success of previous years, the IOG’s sixth, annual, national event will host leading speakers from across the sports turf industry, as well as influential experts in major sports facility and event operation.

 

The evening Awards event will celebrate the very best practice in groundsmanship – from grounds management teams at top, internationally-renowned sports venues to grassroots club volunteers.

 

New for 2014, the IOG has joined forces with the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) to introduce three BIGGA Awards that will recognise the achievements of greenkeepers the length and breadth of the UK, whether they are employed at large multi-course facilities or smaller venues.

 

Commenting on BIGGA’s involvement, IOG CEO Geoff Webb said: “The IOG welcomes this new partnership with BIGGA. The addition of golf awards will enhance this great event that has quickly become a central feature within the turf industry. Like groundsmen, greenkeepers deserve recognition for the great work they do. We look forward to welcoming our friends at BIGGA to this year’s event.”

 

BIGGA CEO Jim Croxton added: “The IOG Conference and Awards event has developed into a fantastic occasion during which we celebrate great achievement in the groundsmanship industry.  I’m delighted that we are partnering with the IOG to bring greenkeeping awards into the fold. The sponsors and supporters of the event see great value in the opportunity to bring the entire turf management industry together to reward the remarkable achievements of its practitioners and we very much look forward to working closely with the IOG to add further value to one of the highlights of the industry calendar.”

 

The successful Awards will be the sixth in the annual series. They highlight the high standards of volunteer and professional grounds staff and facilities, from grass roots to professional stadia level. Covering categories such as sport, young people and the environment, the awards are judged by an independent panel on criteria that include effective use of resources, budgetary control, presentation and housekeeping standards, as well as environmental considerations.

UK’s top groundsmen recognised at IOG awards

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More than 350 of the UK’s and Europe’s leading groundscare experts from both the professional and volunteer sector, as well as dignitaries from the governing bodies of sport and influential sports administrators, honoured the expertise, dedication and passion of the UK’s grounds profession at the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) annual Industry Awards.

Hosted by BBC TV and radio presenter Mark Clemmit, the sell-out IOG Awards ceremony followed a day-long series of IOG ‘Raising the Game’ Conference presentations by some of the biggest names in the sports, parks and groundscare industry from both sides of the Atlantic.

The winners of the 2013 IOG Industry Awards:

The IOG Professional Sports Ground Team of the Year

  • Winner: Wembley Stadium
  • Finalists: Huntingdon Racecourse; Leeds Rugby; Liberty Stadium, Swansea; The Hurlingham Club, Fulham

The IOG Professional Cricket Groundsman of the Year

  • Winner: Gary Barwell, Warwickshire CC
  • Finalist: Steve Birks, Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club (Trent Bridge)

The IOG Professional Rugby Union Groundsman of the Year

  • Winner: Myles Landick, Jersey RFC
  • Finalist: Martin Knight, Worcester Warriors RFC

The IOG Professional Rugby League Groundsman of the Year

  • Winner: Jason Booth, Leeds Rugby
  • Finalist: John Lupton, Castleford Tigers

The IOG Professional Tennis Groundsman of the Year

  • Winner: Neil Stubley, All England Lawn Tennis Club (Wimbledon)
  • Finalist: Ian Wall, Bank of England Sports Centre, Roehampton, London

The IOG Campey/Imants Professional Football Groundsman of the Year

  • Winner: Darren Baldwin, Tottenham Hotspur FC
  • Finalist: Tony Stones, Wembley Stadium

The IOG John Deere Professional Horse Racing Groundsman of the Year

  • Winner: Adrian Kay, York Racecourse
  • Finalist: Shaun Reilly, Huntingdon Racecourse

The IOG Governing Bodies Professional Spectator Sports Ground of the Year – co-sponsored by the All England Lawn Tennis Club, the England and Wales Cricket Board, the Football Association, the Football Foundation, the Lawn Tennis Association, the Premier League, the Rugby Football League and the Rugby Football Union

  • Winner: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Finalist: White Hart Lane, London

The IOG Rigby Taylor/Top Green Young Groundsman of the Year

  • Winner: Ryan Golding, Leeds Rugby
  • Finalist: Will Graves, Merchant Taylors’ School, Middlesex

The Alex R Millar DLF/Johnsons Professional Groundsman of the Year

  • Winner: Adrian Kay, York Racecourse

As well as being responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the York Racecourse site, and overseeing budgets, capital expenditure and his staff, Adrian Kay’s six-year tenure as head groundsman has also seen him lead or be involved with a number of major projects at the course.

The IOG Everris & Syngenta Lifetime Achievement

  • Winner: Len Smith

After 20 years at Glamorgan County Cricket Club, Len Smith joined the IOG as Regional Advisor for Wales and, since 2009, he has successfully developed the IOG’s training, education and membership in the area as well as established strong links with governing bodies, colleges and local authorities.

Tough turf topics at IOG conference, Coventry 5 December

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Two of the biggest sporting events and two of the toughest events on pitches – FIFA World Cup 2014 and Rugby World Cup 2015 – are topics of discussion on 5 December in Coventry, UK, at this year’s IOG Raising The Game Conference.

The event combines a day of conference sessions, panels and seminars on turf top topics and an evening gala of award-giving.

Gethin Jenkins – head of event delivery, Rugby World Cup 2015, will discuss Hosting an international event in multiple venues. While Andy Cole, STRI, will speak about The road to Brazil – preparing training and stadia pitches for the FIFA 2014 World Cup.

Jenkins’ presentation will offer an insight into Rugby World Cup 2015, the third largest global sports event, which will be hosted in England between 18 September and 31 October 2015.

He’ll cover details on the regional spread of the tournament across 11 cities and 13 venues and the touch points and opportunities that the RWC 2015 event brings. He’ll also highlight the use of multi-event, football and rugby stadia and ways of working/key learnings that can be taken from multiple industries. Three main learning outcomes include:

  • Insight into the tournament
  • Discussion starter on ways of working together
  • Awareness of potential touch points with RWC 2015

Cole’s presentation will look in-depth at the challenges facing Brazil in the delivery of the FIFA World Cup in 2014. He will reference all 12 stadia that will be used for the event, together with Venue-Specific Training Sites (VSTS) and team base camp provision for the event.

Andy will also offer a ‘behind the scenes’ look at the infrastructure and delivery of services for the event plus a walk through the FIFA Confederations Cup – a dress rehearsal for the main event in 2014.

Machinery, manpower, money and materials available to the contractors and stadium managers will be presented alongside a guide to the management of the turf to achieve uniform standards where, in such a vast country, the STRI travels through different time zones and extreme climatic change from north to south and east to west.

Three main learning outcomes include:

  • Managing sports turf in an extreme environment.
  • The challenges facing a groundsman in Brazil – dealing with contractors with low expectations
  • Managing warm-season grass in a shaded environment

Pictured: 2012 award winners

IOG industry awards celebrate sports turf excellence

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The finalists have been announced for the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Industry Awards 2013, after a record number of nominations were received.

Now in their fifth year, the Awards acknowledge the high standards achieved by volunteer and professional teams and individuals at facilities that range from grassroots through to professional stadia level.

The Awards’ judging process recognises achievement, innovation and fresh thinking as well as examples of best practice from the leaders in the world of groundsmanship.

The aim of the Awards is to raise industry standards and encourage greater professionalism within the industry, and the successful winners will be announced Oscar-style at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry on 5 December. The finalists are:

Professional Awards

IOG Professional Cricket Groundsman of the Year

  • Gary Barwell, Warwickshire CC
  • Steve Birks, Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club (Trent Bridge)

 

IOG Professional Rugby Union Groundsman of the Year

  • Martin Knight, Worcester Warriors RFC
  • Myles Landick, Jersey RFC

 

IOG Professional Rugby League Groundsman of the Year

  • Jason Booth, Leeds Rhinos
  • John Lupton, Castleford Tigers

 

IOG Professional Tennis Groundsman of the Year

  • Neil Stubley, All England Lawn Tennis Club (Wimbledon)
  • Ian Wall, Bank of England Recreation Club, Roehampton, London.

 

IOG Campey/Imants Professional Football Groundsman of the Year

  • Darren Baldwin, Tottenham Hotspur FC
  • Tony Stones, Wembley Stadium

 

IOG John Deere Professional Horse Racing Groundsman of the Year

  • Adrian Kay, York Racecourse
  • Shaun Reilly, Huntingdon Racecourse

 

IOG National Governing Bodies Professional Spectator Sports Ground of the Year – co sponsored by the AELTC (All England Lawn Tennis Club), ECB (the England and Wales Cricket Board), the Football Association (The FA), the Football Foundation, the Lawn Tennis Association (the LTA), the Premier League, the RFL (Rugby Football League), and the RFU (Rugby Football Union).

  • Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • White Hart Lane, London

 

IOG Professional Sports Ground Team of the Year

  • Huntingdon Racecourse
  • Leeds Rhinos
  • Liberty Stadium, Swansea
  • The Hurlingham Club, Fulham
  • Wembley Stadium

 

IOG Rigby Taylor/Top Green Young Groundsman of the Year

  • Ryan Golding, Leeds Rhinos
  • Will Graves, Merchant Taylors’ School, Middlesex

 

Grassroots Awards

  • IOG Toro School, College or University Sports Club Groundsman of the Year
  • Stephen Fidler, St James Independent Boys’ School, Middlesex
  • Adam Tester, University of Leicester

 

IOG School, College or University Sports Club Grounds Team of the Year

  • St Albans School, Hertfordshire
  • Hampton School, Middlesex

 

IOG Most Promising Sportsturf Student of the Year

  • Dean Bryce, Campbell Park Cricket Club, Milton Keynes
  • Martin Stephenson, Ashbrook Sports Club, County Durham

 

IOG White Horse Contractors Grassroots Sports Ground of the Year

  • Aspatria RUFC, Cumbria
  • Beversbrook Sports Facility, Wiltshire

 

IOG Vitax Supaturf Volunteer Sports Groundsman of the Year

  • John Heyworth, Aspatria RUFC, Cumbria
  • Mark Jones, Falmouth Town FC, Cornwall

 

IOG Ransomes Jacobsen Environmental Project/Innovation of the Year

  • Forest Green Rovers FC, Gloucestershire
  • The Harefield Academy, Middlesex

 

IOG Kubota/Redexim Charterhouse Best Maintained Artificial Pitch of the Year

  • Hampton School, Middlesex
  • One Leisure, Cambridgeshire

 

The IOG Alex R Millar DLF/Johnsons Groundsman of the Year Award

The coveted IOG Alex R Millar DLF/Johnson Groundsman of the Year Award is named after the inspirational chair of the IOG, who held the post from 1991-1993 and 2002-2009. The winner of this Award will be announced at the awards ceremony.

IOG Everris & Syngenta Lifetime Achievement Award

The winner of this Award will be announced at the awards ceremony.