The Groundsman

May 2015

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COMMENT 3 the Groundsman May 2015 Visit for more information and digital editions even years' ago, the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) introduced the IOG Industry Awards. Today, thanks to the awards' year-on-year success and the generous support from our sponsors, we have further extended the award categories and look forward to hosting the best awards' evening celebration yet. Once again we are seeking to break previous IOG event records. This year, for the first time, we are linking the awards event to our industry- renowned SALTEX trade exhibition at its new home at the NEC in Birmingham. This prestigious awards event will be held at the nearby Hilton Metropole Hotel on the evening of 4 November. With the award nomination process opening on 1 May via this year we are intr oducing three new awards, which further highlight the wide range of influence sports turf groundsmanship enjoys today. The Bowls Groundsman/Team of the Year is now rightly a part of the annual awards categories of sports already represented, while the new International Ambassador Award demonstrates the increased reach and influence of the UK turf industry worldwide. In addition, the new Unsung Hero Award will raise the profile of someone in the industry who perhaps doesn't get the recognition they deserve or quietly gets on with the job but is an obvious credit to groundsmanship - be they a volunteer or a paid professional. I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank the award sponsors and particularly the event's headline sponsors - Rigby Taylor and Top Green, which are also sponsoring the second, annual IOG Young Groundsmen's half-day Conference again this year at the SALTEX exhibition – for their generous support. In recent weeks we have also finalised a lengthy information-gathering process with a wide range of members and industry professionals and I am pleased to announce that the findings have helped us to develop an extensive range of thought-provoking and informative seminars throughout the two-day SALTEX event. We are timetabling the speaker line up and will reveal these in the build up to the exhibition. It's worth noting that sessions within this new education programme format will be FREE to attend for all SALTEX visitors. The website is now live, so I encourage you to check on the show's pr ogress over the next few weeks, pre-register for free entry and book your place at the industry's biggest awards celebration in groundsmanship. Please nominate a deserving groundsman for one of these awards via – it only takes a couple of minutes of your time to give the ultimate 'pat on the back'! Geoff Webb, Chief Executive, The Institute of Groundsmanship Raising the profile S With the award nomination process opening on 1 May via, this year, we introduce three new awards, which further highlight the wide range of influence sports turf groundsmanship enjoys today " " Contributors Professor David Kopec University of Arizona Chris Bassett Managing director, Fusion Media Alex Hawkes Headland Amenity's sports turf technical manager Richard Fry Rigby Taylor's marketing director Gary Armstrong IOG assessor Colin Hoskins Features editor

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