The Groundsman

October 2012

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the Groundsman October 2012 I am glad to report that we have received a record number of nominations for this year's IOG Awards, taking place at York Racecourse on December 6. We also have a great line up of speakers for the Conference that precedes the Awards on the same day. We have just added presentations from the Manchester City FC Academy and from Professor John Moverley, Independent Chairman of The Amenity Forum, to complement the sessions scheduled by Dr Kate Entwistle and Frank Newberry, for example, while as part of the Conference's 'Worldwide Governing Bodies of Sport sessions', FIFA will be discussing all things turf and one (of two) speakers from the USA will discuss how baseball (softball) in the UK is building from the grass roots up. Also, there's the not-to-be missed presentation about the Olympic Park Legacy alongside the STRI'S Lee Penrose who will talk about how the turf industry delivered the events at the London Olympics, as well as the exclusive insight into how the past year has delivered opportunities for our young IOG Directors. In addition, the IOG will be revealing its own plans for the future with the launch of a new strategy. So, this year's Conference represents a wide and varied programme that delegates will enjoy and learn from (the Conference carries BASIS and IOG CPD points). Last year, both the Conference and the Awards sold out, so book early to avoid disappointment. See pages 4 and 10 for details or go to Turning to IOG SALTEX, we enjoyed excellent weather throughout the build-up, the event itself and during breakdown and, as others have commented, this year was always going to be a challenge – not least because of the impact of the Olympic events at the nearby Dorney Lake. We made an early decision to change the footprint of the show and this gave some exhibitors the opportunity to opt out in 2012. Understandably, with the on-going economic pressures, IOG SALTEX is not immune to a downturn as companies fight hard to survive in such harsh trading conditions. There has always been and will always be speculation over each year's event. We are, however, encouraged that many exhibitors at this year's show commented that the quality of buyers in attendance was extremely high and as a result business was surprisingly good. To everyone who exhibited and visited the show, thank you for your continued loyalty and support. Of course, results are never guaranteed. What I do know is that despite the current downturn, IOG SALTEX has continued to match buyers with suppliers, and with our new sales and marketing team we will be looking at every opportunity to increase such opportunities so that visitors and exhibitors get the best from the event. The IOG is, of course, responsible for far more than IOG SALTEX. We are a membership organisation and with this in mind, we have reflected and discussed thoroughly how we should approach membership. As a result, at Conference we will be announcing our plans for a new membership system as part of our new strategic vision. At this stage, I can say that at the heart of this is advocacy as well as the development of opportunities for the individual within the industry. While we have made significant progress with our Challenging Perceptions strategy, we now need to review, reflect and adapt to take the IOG forward, building on the solid foundations of the last five years and making this industry one that people truly want to be involved with. I close by paying tribute to our Patron Eddie Seaward MBE, who has now retired from the AELTC. Eddie epitomises the open, approachable, friendly, knowledgeable and professional nature of groundsmanship. He has been proactive in support for the IOG, the profession and the industry at large as an outstanding ambassador. I am sure you will join me in congratulating Eddie on all he has achieved both personally and professionally, and in wishing Eddie and Chrissie well in retirement. We are blessed with many excellent groundsmen in this industry, but Eddie has always led from the front. Let's hope he inspires a new generation to come forward and pick up the baton. For those following, Eddie has set the bar very high! COMMENT 3 CONTENTS 4-13 13 17-21 23 24-25 27 28-32 Industry News Branch Report IOG SALTEX Review Feature - A strong favourite at Windsor Feature - Six of the best! Feature - Refurbish rather than replace Feature - 'Extreme groundsmanship' in Coventry 33 35 36 37-39 41 42-43 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 45-46 47 48 49-51 DESIGN TSP Media Gemma Brownhill ADVERTISEMENT SALES TSP Media Paul Hawkins Tel: 01952 234 000 Feature - Bowled over by mower Feature - Feature - From football to rugby in a month Product Showcase - In Action Product Showcase - Maintaining artificial surfaces Product Showcase - Aeration Maintenance Calendar Weather Recruitment Classifieds FOLLOW US Challenges for the future use of pesticides Twitter: @the_iog Facebook: search for Institute of Groundsmanship The Groundsman is published monthly by the Institute of Groundsmanship. 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