The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) has revealed that a new unique feature will be coming to this year’s exhibition, which will be held on 2 and 3 November at the NEC in Birmingham, UK.
The SALTEX College Cup, sponsored by Ransomes, is a national student-led sports-turf challenge. It is an academic test of turf management knowledge for student competitors who are enrolled at colleges throughout the UK on relevant courses of study.
In teams of four, the students will embark on a two-hour competition consisting of paper-based multiple choice and short answer questions on turf management, plus a case study which will require a more in-depth written answer. The competition will also include live test samples for the physical identification of threats to turf health.
The winning team will not only get their hands on a trophy but will also receive a generous cheque for £500 which can be used towards items for the land-based college. In addition, students within the victorious team will be awarded a cash prize to be spent towards turf care books.
With SALTEX being held in November, event organisers have decided that it would be unfair to open the competition to only that academic year’s intake (16/17). Therefore colleges may enter students who recently completed a qualification this summer (end of the previous academic year 15/16). It is absolutely free for the colleges to participate and not only will a proportion of travel expenses be reimbursed but each team will be issued with free food vouchers to use within the SALTEX halls for breakfast and lunch.
Commenting on Ransomes decision to sponsor the competition, Karen Proctor, Marketing and Communications Manager – International, said:
We are delighted to be sponsoring the inaugural SALTEX College Cup in November. As a company, we are always looking for opportunities to support different initiatives and we believe that investing in education and professional development is essential to the future of the turf industry.
SALTEX is an excellent exhibition for people looking to forge a career within groundscare and the introduction of the College Cup will be a fantastic way to reward those who are dedicated and passionate about the trade.
IOG CEO, Geoff Webb, was quick to acknowledge Ransomes support and believes it is another encouraging step in the right direction, as he advised:
We are delighted that Ransomes have offered support for this new initiative, which alongside our other industry supporters who are similarly investing in the development of young people, means that with the up-front support provided, we can raise standards and encourage personal development – all of which fits perfectly with our overall strategy ‘From The Ground Up.’
Dan Prest, Learning Manager for the IOG, is also upbeat about the competition, as he stated:
By bringing this new feature to SALTEX, the IOG is helping to raise the level of academic professionalism in the sports turf industry while helping young people meet their career aspirations in the industry. SALTEX is a great learning environment for all visitors.
There has already been a lot of interest from the colleges that the IOG works in partnership with, so I’m looking forward to an excellent and competitive event.
All colleges interested in participating in the SALTEX College Cup should email Dan Prest at: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information, please visit: www.iogsaltex.com
The IOG and ESSMA to collaborate on the recognition of professional groundsmanagers in Europe
The European Stadium & Safety Managers Association (ESSMA) and the IOG have announced that they will be working closely in the future to recognise the importance of professional groundsmanship in Europe.
The IOG is the leading organisation that represents professional and volunteer groundsmen and women. The Association works closely with the governing bodies of sport in the UK and Ireland to develop training courses and to ensure the recognition of the profession and the need for quality standards at all levels is at the top of their agenda.
While ESSMA is a not-for-profit association that allows stadium-, safety- and head grounds managers to exchange knowledge and expertise.
ESSMA and the IOG will work together on sharing knowledge and expertise through education and events, like for example pitch management workshops. Next to this, both parties will create business intelligence information for groundsmen and women.
Main image caption (top): New College Cup Competition Comes to SALTEX.
PanStadia & Arena Management magazine is proud to be an Official Media Partner for both ESSMA and the IOG’s SALTEX event, at which PS&AM will be distributing our Q3 issue.
NB: Our Q3 editon will include a Special Preview Feature, detailing SALTEX exhibitors, their latest products and installations, etc.