The Groundsman

November 2015

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COMMENT 3 the Groundsman November 2015 Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions write this column in advance of our Industry Awards (and SALTEX), and to all finalists (indeed, all entrants) thank you for taking the time to enter the awards and I congratulate and commiserate with all of you equally. To our sponsors, thank you for your willingness to back an event that has grown in attendance year on year to reach more than 600 this year - a massive rise of more than a third over last year! Likewise, our thanks to all who exhibited at SALTEX and to those who visited the show. The IOG is now looking closely at our future and we are progressing with our new strategy entitled 'From the Ground Up' where our vision, put simply, is "excellence in grounds management". Our Young Board, now backed with sponsorship by Toro and Lely Turfcare and at SALTEX by Rigby Taylor and Top Green, has put together its own forward plan as has the IOG Board, which now is represented by industry sector rather than region - giving us more in-depth opportunities to create membership offerings that are most relevant and of value to you. We are investing in our membership services and have recently recruited Tim Gray director of membership & business development alongside Alan Clarke, who joins us in the new role of finance and office manager. Tim will lead a strategic review of where we have come from, where we are now and, importantly, where we are going in the future. Your feedback and comments will be sought and analysed and, hopefully, we will be able to deliver a package that ideally suits your needs and requirements. Chris Gray, our head of learning, has led a re-vamp of our education offering and we now have a range of courses available in a new 'blended' learning format which enables participants to choose an approach that suits - using modular online or classroom-style attendance plus a practical on-site approach. Our regional pitch advisors have completed nearly 500 assessments of grassroots sports grounds and, working with key governing bodies of sport, are raising the profile of how to manage playing surfaces which in turn opens up a greater understanding of our industry and profession. Our team of staff is dedicated and hardworking, and starting at SALTEX and the Awards and continuing throughout the year, look forward to meeting you to help you to help us make the IOG truly represent you. So, come on, tell us your needs. Geoff Webb, Chief Executive, The Institute of Groundsmanship Tell us your needs I Our regional pitch advisors have completed nearly 500 assessments of grassroots sports grounds and, working with key governing bodies of sport, are raising the profile of how to manage playing surfaces which in turn opens up a greater understanding of our industry and profession. " Contributors Karen Maxwell Managing editor Colin Hoskins Features Editor Mike King Vitax Amenity Jason Booth IOG national manager Siobhan Eastham Derbyshire FA John Moverly Derbyshire FA

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