The Groundsman

August 2015

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Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions IOG BEST PRACTICE 25 the Groundsman August 2015 The extraordinary level of thoroughness that surrounds the organisation of every event has deservedly brought the club widespread recognition off the field, not least in being awarded the 2014 IOG National Governing Bodies' Professional Spectator Sports Ground of the Year Award and, for the past six years, it has headed the Premier League's fans' survey for stewarding. Community values In addition, the club's Fan Zone sees hundreds of fans gather ahead of every home game to enjoy the build-up to kick-off with music, special guests, refreshments and competitions. There's also plenty of giveaways and for the junior Blues who are in the stadium to watch the warm-up, there's the chance to get onto the pitch at half-time for a coaching session with Everton in the Community. The Blues' official charity aims to use the power of sport to motivate, educate and inspire people to improve their life chances, and it has earned a reputation for delivering best practice in the sporting charity sector. It provides opportunities for thousands of participants each year through its varied programmes including disability football teams, social inclusion schemes and work with young offenders. First-class surfaces Goodison Park is not a new stadium – the Bullens Road stand was built in 1928, the Gwladys Street stand in 1933, the main stand in 1971/72 and Park End in 1994. Bob surveys his 'new' pitch for this season (photo taken when new seed only one month old) Two of Bob's team at Goodison Park - groundsmen Tony Balshaw (left) and John Howell - about to give the new sward another feed. "If the pitch 'looks hungry' we feed it," says Bob t Life at Goodison Park is always at 100 miles an hour – and that includes a myriad of non-Premiership football activities. There's always something on," Bob says. "That could be Everton in the Community games or corporate events. We even had Sylvester Stallone here this year for some filming. " "

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