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ESSMA’s Pitch Management Workshop to be held in Paris

From August 30 to 31, 2016, the European Stadium & Safety Managers Association (ESSMA), which now also incorporates Head Grounds Managers, will bring together pitch experts from all over the world to gather in Paris, France, for two-days of intensive knowledge exchange. This year’s Workshop will focus on specific pitch management topics, including extreme weather conditions, multifunctional pitch management, the right machinery and training centre development.

ESSMA’s Pitch Management Workshop will be hosted at Clairefontaine; the National Football Centre of the French Football Federation. After undergoing major changes in readiness for the country’s hosting of the EURO ’16 tournament, this location is ideal to host this year’s edition. The National Football Centre will give the participants insights about the venue, the renovation works and the post-EURO 2016 experience.

Day 1 of the Workshop will be held at Clairefontaine and on Day 2, participants will visit Stade de France, which recently played host to the EURO ’16 Opening match and nail-biting Final.


Focus on in-depth topics

For this Workshop edition, the focus will be on several in-depth topics, including:

  • How to deal with extreme weather conditions
  • Multifunctional pitch management
  • The right machine/equipment for the job
  • Training centre development

The limited amount of participants will ensure that knowlegde-sharing can be easily transferred, extending what has been learned from one context to another.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from and share with the best professionals in the industry.

Program, speakers and logistics

Confirmed speakers include: John Ledwidge, Leicester City; Tony Stones, Stade de France; Abdelkrim Djelloudi, Algerian Football Federation; Chris Hague, Brondby IF; and the French Football Federation/Clairefontaine.

The latest updated information is available on the event website:


PanStadia & Arena Management is an Official Media Partner for ESSMA and its members. You can read about what was discussed at the Association’s Stadium Management Workshop in our next installment of the magazine, our Q3 edition, due out in September.


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