The Groundsman

September 2016

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Visit for more information and digital editions IOG BEST PRACTICE 18 the Groundsman September 2016 im Dawson is no stranger to winning awards during his time as head groundsman at Falkirk FC, having twice picked up the Scottish Football Groundsman of the Year award and three times First Division Groundsman of the Year, as well as being shortlisted for the UK's Professional Football Groundsman of the Year award. But it was last year, as head groundsman for the Scottish Rugby Union, when he was not only acknowledged as the IOG Alex R Millar DLF/Ransomes Jacobsen Groundsman's Groundsman of the Year, but as part of the BT Murrayfield Stadium grounds team, he also collected the 2015 IOG Kubota Professional Rugby Union Grounds Team of the Year Award that perhaps fills him with even more pride, he says. "Winning individual awards is very gratifying especially when, in terms of the 2015 IOG award, you know that every top groundsman in the country is considered," says Jim. "But the IOG team award is a great national accolade for everyone in the team – for my deputy Alex Latto as well as groundsmen Jason Tailford and Callum McMillan. These awards have certainly inspired me (and my team, for that matter) to not only continue to prepare pitches to the highest standard but also to help others by, for example, sharing our experiences and our collective knowledge." After approaching six years at BT Murrayfield, Jim says the industry today is unrecognisable from what it was during his time at Falkirk's stadium and training ground – where he spent 17 years - let alone when he started in the industry as a greenkeeper on the Isle of Bute. J When two awards are just reward! Despite operating in arguably the most challenging rugby climate in the northern hemisphere, the BT Murrayfield grounds team last year gained national commendations for their work by winning two IOG awards By: Colin Hoskins JIm Dawson: "Nothing compares to the satisfaction of knowing that, as a grounds team, we've done everything we can to ensure that every pitch has been prepared to the best of our ability to world-class standards"

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