The Groundsman

June 2014

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COMMENT 3 the Groundsman June 2014 Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions inter sports are over and the summer of sport begins - the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the Ryder Cup at the PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles, Scotland and cricket across the rest of the UK. What a great opportunity for our profession to showcase its talent. And, of course, we'll have World Cup fever or, as described on TalkSPORT Radio, 'the greatest sports event on turf!' I expect the All England Club may debate that one! At the IOG, we are constantly looking at what we do, how we do it and indeed why we do it. So, with this in mind, we are taking a look at our Board structure with a view to ensuring we represent our vast and diverse membership properly and appropriately. The current Board has agreed we need to change and we will be looking to establish a Board that represents the various sectors in which groundsmanship is practised, ranging from professional stadia to schools, colleges and universities, as well as local authorities and the volunteer sector. There will be more on this in the coming months leading up to our AGM, which will be held at 2pm on 3 September in the Grandstand at Windsor Racecourse during SALTEX. Our Young Board continues to evolve and we have new recruits and now more opportunity, too, with this larger Board. Indeed, plans are in place for the inaugural Young IOG Conference this year on the SALTEX IOG Live Stage, on the Tuesday. Admission is free, so make a date in the diary for this. The conference will kick off three great days at Windsor Racecourse complemented by our Ask The Expert advice centre where we will have many great groundsmen and women on hand to offer FREE expert advice and guidance. Are you thinking about education? We live in a world where it is important to keep up to date as technology changes and legislation alters working practices, so you need to be on top of your game. Since coming into post Chris Gray, the IOG's head of education, has been busy developing new courses and updating the old. We encourage all our members to continue to learn and do look at our website or in the Groundsman for all the latest information and course details. Alternatively, drop Chris an email (cgray@iog.org) for any advice on careers/education and training. Also, don't forget to book early for this year's Conference and Awards, in partnership with BIGGA, and get those nominations in for deserving groundsmen, women and, indeed, greenkeepers. The date is the 4 December at the MK Dons' stadiummk in Milton Keynes. Enjoy the summer! Geoff Webb, Chief Executive, The Institute of Groundsmanship An exciting summer ahead W Are you thinking about education? We live in a world where it is important to keep up to date as technology changes and legislation alters working practices, so you need to be on top of your game. Since coming into post Chris Gray, the IOG's head of education, has been busy developing new courses and updating the old " " Contributors Karen Maxwell Managing editor Colin Hoskins Features editor Chris Gray IOG head of education Paul Groves Product editor

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