The Groundsman

June 2015

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COMMENT 3 the Groundsman June 2015 Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions ducation is set to play a major role at this year's SALTEX (4-5 November at the Birmingham NEC) with the Institute of Groundsmanship's (IOG) LEARNING LIVE initiative. The content of this extensive programme is taking shape and details of the Young Groundsmen's Conference is the first to be confirmed. Sponsored by Rigby Taylor and Top Green, this free-to-attend conference has been organised by the IOG's Young Board of Directors and with a number of leading experts taking part it will deliver invaluable advice on how to develop a rewarding career in groundsmanship. The opening session entitled 'What makes you employable?' will feature key speakers from some of the UK's top sporting venues – a great line-up of experts who will provide tips on how young people can make themselves more employable. In addition to young people, the conference will also appeal to many head groundsmen who are looking to attract youngsters into their teams, with presentations led by industry professionals who will offer tips on leadership and management. Other sessions will cover 'How the IOG can help you progress through your career' and there will be a Q & A session with the IOG's Young Board of Directors. Since its inception the IOG's Young Board of Directors have been extremely proactive in encouraging new people into the industry and opening up opportunities for them – indeed, leading by example as many of the original group have progressed in their own careers. The IOG Board and Young IOG are both intent on creating similar opportunities for the next generation of youngsters, and this conference will help prepare them for a great future. Also making its debut at SALTEX will be The Pitch, a series of quick-fire (three minute) presentations involving exhibitors who will inform visitors what's on offer across the exhibition. These sessions, which will take place in a seminar theatre on the exhibition floor, will be ideal for those who will have limited time to get around the show. The audience will be able to hear about the key products on offer at SALTEX and still have the opportunity to network and view the exhibition. The wider education programmes will be announced in the coming weeks and months, and there will be a range of presentations from international venues from New Zealand and the USA, for example, as well as closer to home, including technical LEARNING LIVE sessions that will include relevant CPD credits plus a host of panel debates covering current hot topics. Don't forget, too, to book early this year for the IOG Industry Awards being hosted by talkSPORT's Mark Saggers and taking place at the Birmingham Metropole (at the NEC) on the opening night of SALTEX. Once again we will be celebrating excellence in turf care management – for which nominations are open now at www.iogawards.com Geoff Webb, Chief Executive, The Institute of Groundsmanship LEARNING LIVE and The Pitch debut at SALTEX E Also making its debut at SALTEX will be The Pitch, a series of quick-fire (three minute) presentations involving exhibitors who will inform visitors what's on offer across the exhibition. " " Contributors Colin Hoskins Features editor Chris Bassett Managing director, Fusion Media Phil Sharples Director of pitches, Gabala FC Ian Mitchell Senior trainer, Ransomes Andy Spetch National TOPSOIL Manager, British Sugar Karen Maxwell Managing editor

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