The Groundsman

September 2014

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COMMENT 3 the Groundsman September 2014 Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions aving enjoyed a long association with Windsor Racecourse over 30 years we have taken the decision to create a new SALTEX at a new venue and a new date. In 2015 we will be at the NEC Birmingham on 4 and 5 November This is a decision based on an exhaustive IOG review, using invaluable visitor and exhibitor feedback, and with a detailed evaluation of all options available. The IOG Board is confident that the date change and the NEC's central, indoor location meet the demands of groundsmen, and the industry, going forwards. We believe it will extend the SALTEX experience, attract more visitors from around the country and create maximum benefit for a wider range of exhibitors. Meanwhile, we're looking forward to a fantastic SALTEX 2014. This year's show will feature hundreds of exhibitors and the IOG Hub is bigger and better than ever, complete with live and interactive turf debates on the show floor and free advice clinics from celebrated, high profile groundsmen. Networking at SALTEX is one sure-fire way to meet colleagues, old friends and get great advice on all things turf. We are looking firmly to the future and with this in mind we are also making changes to our Board structure to better represent the sectors where the profession of groundsmanship is practised. There are always opportunities to 'get on Board' with the IOG. As ever time is a precious commodity and at the IOG we appreciate all those who give up their time freely as volunteers to help improve what we offer to groundsmanship in general. Changing tack, we have just witnessed the staging of the IRB World Women's Rugby Union World Cup. England's victorious team secured a hard fought victory against Canada and it was fantastic to see the impact thereafter and the exposure that will undoubtedly lead to more opportunities for women in sport. The finals were played on turf and a marked contrast to the views now being expressed by professional women footballers who are questioning and indeed opposing the Women's World Cup being played out on artificial turf. While in the UK, the Football Conference has recently relaxed its rules to allow artificial turf to be used in competition from 2015-16 season. Our conference in December entitled 'Turf Matters' will no doubt provide the opportunity for more debate on the pros and cons of both. What though seems now to be generally accepted is that a groundsman, regardless of surface, will continue to improve the quality and safety of sports pitches. We have a great line up for this year's conference and with our awards will once again highlight and celebrate success across the spectrum of both groundsmanship and, for the first time with our association with the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA), greenkeeping as well. So make sure you book your place for the event at stadiummk on 4 December. Geoff Webb, Chief Executive,The Institute of Groundsmanship A new SALTEX, a new Board format and continual turf debates H We are looking firmly to the future and with this in mind we are also making changes to our Board structure to better represent the sectors where the profession of groundsmanship is practised " " Contributors Karen Maxwell Managing editor Colin Hoskins Features editor Ellie Parry Forte Marketing Paul Groves Product editor Dr Iain James Technical director, TGMS

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