The Groundsman

December 2013

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3 COMMENT the Groundsman December 2013 A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the IOG n 2005, the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) launched its strategy 'Challenging Perceptions'. We set out to work in unison with the various sports governing bodies and authorities to 'up skill' and educate the vast army of volunteers and professionals who service the myriad of grassroots facilities. Having gained a foothold with the ECB over four years ago with the development of the Regional Advisor Network working with cricket, in 2014 we are in the midst of recruiting a new Regional Network via the new 'Pitch Improvement Programme' in a joint initiative with the Football Association, the England & Wales Cricket Board, the Rugby League and Sport England. I Contributors " Now in its fifth year, our conference and awards continues to build the profile of our industry and those in it, our thanks to all nominees, you can read all about this event in this edition of the Groundsman. Karen Maxwell Managing editor Colin Hoskins Features editor Paul Groves Product editor Iain James Technical director, TGMS Ltd " This project will aid understanding of the principles of sports turf management across these sports directed at grassroots sports clubs across England. The IOG continues to build on the foundations of the Young IOG Directors scheme - aimed at encouraging and providing opportunities for networking and developing our young groundsman. Assisted by the IOG, the Young Director's 'Get into Grounds' campaign included the launch of an exhibit, created by our young groundsman aged between 15 - 25, who work in the UK's groundscare Industry, comparing groundscare methods, customs and traditions from the London 1948 to the London 2012 Olympic Games. The exhibit was launched at SALTEX in September. Our Young Directors, and winners of Young IOG Groundsman of the Year, also enjoyed, courtesy of Ransomes Jacobsen sponsorship, an educational trip to Texas in the USA. In May, we launched the first element of our revised membership scheme with the launch of our new Corporate and Corporate PLUS membership which has been well received. The remaining categories will be rolled out throughout 2014. SALTEX 2013 was buoyed by a tremendous increase in visitor attendance, which was up by 34 per cent and increased exhibitor attendance was up by 23 per cent. Feedback from all quarters was extremely positive. Now in its fifth year, our National Conference and Industry Awards continues to build the profile of our industry and those in it, our thanks to all nominees, you can read all about this event in this edition of the Groundsman. We go into 2014 with a view that 'complacency is the enemy of safety' determined that in what will be the 80th anniversary of the institute, we continue to build on some solid foundations and advance the cause of groundsmanship in the UK and internationally. And finally, from the IOG our heartfelt thank you to all those who have supported us in 2013, whether at SALTEX, as a sponsor of our conference and awards, or via our local regions and branches, it is your proactive approach that enables us to take the institute forward. We wish all our members every success in 2014. Geoff Webb, Chief Executive, The Institute of Groundsmanship Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions

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