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Chesterfield's groundsman wins major award

Tue 6th Dec 2011 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Antony Haywood, Head Groundsman at Chesterfield FC, has won the Alex R Millar IOG Professional Football Groundsman of the Year Award at the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Industry Awards ceremony at the Reebok Stadium, Bolton on Friday 2 December 2011.

The Award was judged by an independent panel on criteria that included Antony's effective use of available resources, budgetary control, presentation and housekeeping standards, as well as environmental considerations at the club's B2net Stadium.

Antony Haywood said: "I am absolutely delighted to get this award but I have to say it was a real surprise because of the quality of all the other nominees."

CFC chairman Barrie Hubbard said: "Everyone at the football club wishes to congratulate Antony on what he has been able to achieve with the available resources at his disposal."

Earlier this year Antony Haywood was named npower League Two Groundsman of the Year for season 2010-11. To win this latest accolade he beat off competition from the other divisional award winning groundsmen from Manchester City, Nottingham Forest, Carlisle United and Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

The Award was presented by Jeremy Hindle of DLF/Johnsons Seed, which sponsored the category jointly with British Sugar (Topsoil), to Anthony in front of an audience of 350 of the UK's and Europe's leading groundscare experts, as well as dignitaries from the governing bodies of sport and influential sports administrators.

The IOG Industry Awards 2011 acknowledge the high standards achieved by a wide range of volunteer and professional groundscare skills and facilities from grass roots to professional stadia level.

The IOG is the leading membership organisation for everyone involved in the management of sports pitches, landscape and amenity facilities.

The 2011 Awards are sponsored by AELTC, AFT Trenchers, Bayer, British Sugar (Topsoil), Campey Turf Care Systems, Charterhouse Turf Machinery, Cleveland Land Services, DLF/Johnsons Seed, the ECB, Everris, Football Association, Football Foundation, Imants BV, Kubota, Mark Harrod, the Lawn Tennis Association, the Premier League, Ransomes Jacobsen, Rigby Taylor, Rugby Football League, Rugby Football Union, Sanli UK, Sport England and Top Green.

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