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October 2013

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COMMENT the Groundsman October 2013 3 'Raising the Game' at the Ricoh Arena Contributors Karen Maxwell Managing editor Colin Hoskins Features editor his month, I start by thanking all those who attended this year's SALTEX. This year's event created that much needed buzz that many talked about. Our visitor figures rose by 34 per cent and with 260 exhibitors showcasing a range of products, business was buoyant on site. The IOG Hub, with its red, double-decker bus, Ask The Expert advice centre and 'Get Into Grounds' Heritage Lottery Funded exhibit, created a honeypot for IOG members and show visitors – many of whom received great advice from a host of recognised industry groundsmen and women who gave their time for free. This year's event continued to defy the odds with temperatures on the Thursday reaching a stifling 30 degrees. All in all this was a great event. Windsor Racecourse has been our partner for many years and interestingly this year's rumour (there is one every year) was that this would be our last year at the racecourse. While we will always look at options to improve SALTEX as an event, I think it's important to clarify that there are no plans to move SALTEX from its spiritual home. So we will be back at Windsor in 2014 and into the future as well. We have a unique relationship with the racecourse which allows us to hold prices for exhibitors, which would increase were we to consider alternatives. We have a healthy re-book for 2014 and are already looking at how we can further improve this event into the future. T " Our key speaker at this year's National Conference will be Jennie Price, CEO of Sport England. She is hugely influential in the strategic aspect of funding sport and importantly now in also helping sports turf practices and principles play a more defined and influential role in various sport's National Governing Body strategies Paul Groves Product editor Murray Simpson Loughborough University Ian Norman IOG regional advisor " We are now in the run up to this year's 'Raising the Game' conference and awards at the Ricoh Arena on 5 December (see page 8 in this edition for details) and will be judging the many nominations we have across the various categories. We know already that places are being booked in advance of the event – within which we'll celebrate a fantastic year of groundsmanship. The conference programme will feature more debate than at previous events, as well as one-toone interviews with groundsmen making the news this year by our host Mark Saggers - who has championed our cause as a journalist and presenter on TalkSPORT Radio over the past five years. We have our international link with the Sports Turf Managers Association of America with this year's presenter Phil McQuade, who is the assistant turf manager of the Major League Soccer team - the Colorado Rapids. Closer to home, we have one of last year's winners, Peter Hussey, head groundsman at Stanley Park Sports Ground, looking at preparing facilities for extended community use. Our key speaker this year will be Jennie Price, CEO of Sport England, who is hugely influential in the strategic aspect of funding sport and importantly now also in helping sports turf practices and principles play a more defined and influential role in various sport's National Governing Body strategies. The evening speaker will be former rugby player John Bentley who played in the RFU's Lions tour in 1997 before crossing codes to play in Rugby League. John has many stories to share. So don't miss out and book early to secure your place. Geoff Webb, Chief Executive, Institute of Groundsmanship Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions

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