The Groundsman

May 2012

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the Groundsman May 2012 Change…for the better As we launch this year's Industry Awards (see page 4), you will see that we have made some important changes to the categories of entry. These changes have been made in response to feedback and reaction from our sponsors, as well as by those who have previously entered or been nominated. First, we've enhanced the categories to now salute the Groundsmen of the Year in all the main professional sports – from football, cricket, rugby union and rugby league, as well as from horse racing and tennis. In addition, this year's winners of all the individual awards will be shortlisted for the Alex R Millar IOG Groundsman of the Year Award. As past chairman of the IOG, Alex was a passionate advocate for the industry and he always wanted the very best for the profession. This change, therefore, fittingly recognises both the individuals relevant to their sector and collectively the breadth of talent we have across the industry today. The IOG represents a diverse range of groundscare skills and with these enhancements our Awards programme now reflects the various sectors that fully deserve recognition for the excellent high standards found in facilities at both amateur and professional level. The IOG is proud of the fact that the Industry Awards are the only industry-wide annual awards that acknowledge the important contribution made by groundscare staff to the high standards achieved and the sustainability of British sport and best-practice groundscare. And we are confident that these changes will add further to the popularity of the Awards and will help reinforce the IOG's ongoing campaign to garner even more public recognition for the industry and the individuals within it. So, I urge you all to go online now and use our improved, easy access website to make your nominations. In this issue you will also see that Sports Turf, Amenity & Leisure (STAL) has become a section within The Groundsman rather than a stand-alone publication that is published every other month. This change has been made in response to our recent Members Survey and to the comments raised by a number of advertisers, which revealed that while the content of STAL is well-respected - and required - there still appears to be some confusion in the marketplace that STAL is (was) the IOG membership magazine published on alternative months to The Groundsman. We know that The Groundsman is such an industry-recognised and strong 'brand' so, from now on, we will continue to publish STAL six times a year as a separate section within The Groundsman, which will now be appearing as such every month. Finally, I must point out an error in the production of the accounts in the last edition of the magazine (page 20), where a misalignment in the figures that relate to Fixed Assets occurred on the Abbreviated Balance Sheet. For clarification, Fixed Assets should be Note 2; Intangible Assets Note 3; and Note 4 should relate to Tangible Assets. This error occurred in the production of the magazine and we are grateful to our auditors, Sherwoods, for their eagle-eyed professionalism in bringing this to our attention. Our apologies for any confusion. Should any member wish to receive a correctly formatted version, please e-mail Tracy Oliver at for a PDF copy of the accounts. A reminder also that the IOG's AGM takes place at Windsor Racecourse on Monday May 21, commencing at 12pm. We hope you will attend. As we enter into summer and the pending decision from the Football League whether to allow artificial turf to be used in competition, I leave you with this quote from Brian Clough (football manager 1935 -2004): "If God had wanted us to play football in the sky, he'd have put grass up there." Makes you think, doesn't it! 23-25 COMMENT 3 CONTENTS 4 5-13 15-17 IOG Awards Industry News Feature - It's not just cricket! (It's Olympic archery, too) 18-21 Feature - York stays on the right track STAL - Alert! Two new turf diseases 26 27-30 STAL - A new way to play STAL - Pesticides & Spraying Technical Update 32-34 Feature - Pitch perfect for summer rugby 35 Feature - Back to the future for Trilo owners 36-37 Feature - New game plan to attract community cash 38-40 41-43 44 45-47 Geoff Webb, Chief Executive, Institute of Groundsmanship Editorial address: 28 Stratford Office Village Walker Avenue Wolverton Mill East Milton Keynes MK12 5TW Tel: 01908 312511 MANAGING EDITOR Colin Hoskins Tel: 01634 832 221 IOG MEMBERSHIP AND GENERAL ENQUIRIES Tel: 01908 312511 MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS Sue Fernandes Tel: 01908 312511 SUBSCRIPTIONS £65 UK £76 Europe £105 Rest Of World DESIGN Gemma Brownhill Tel: 01952 234 005 ADVERTISEMENT SALES TSP Media Paul Hawkins Tel: 01952 234 000 The Groundsman is published bi-monthly by the Institute of Groundsmanship. All material is copyright of the Institute of Groundsmanship and may not be reproduced without permission. The publishers do not accept responsibility for any advertisement appearing in the Journal and cannot be held liable for editorial omissions or errors. The views expressed in the Journal are not necessarily those of the Institute of Groundsmanship. Product Showcase - In Action Feature - A busman's holiday! Weather Classifieds

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