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IOG Awards Recognise Excellence In Groundsmanship

Wed 10th Dec 2014 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

More than 400 of the UK and Europe's leading groundscare experts from both the professional and volunteer sector, as well as dignitaries from the governing bodies of sport and influential sports administrators, have honoured the expertise, dedication and passion of the country's grounds profession at the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) annual Industry Awards, in partnership with the British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA). 

Now in its sixth year, the prestigious ceremony at Milton Keynes' stadiummk recognised leadership, innovation and outstanding achievement across every aspect of groundscare – from grassroots pitches to professional stadia. The awards also celebrated the quality standards of groundscare achieved in public and private sports venues, and highlighted the progress of young/student grounds professionals as well as entrants' innovative developments.

Hosted by talkSPORT radio presenter Mark Saggers, the sell-out IOG Awards ceremony with a record attendance followed a day-long series of IOG 'Turf Matters' Conference presentations by some of the biggest names in the sports, parks and groundscare industry from both sides of the Atlantic.

The winners of the 2014 IOG Industry Awards are:

The IOG Vitax Amenity Grounds and Natural Turf Improvement Programme Volunteer of the Year

Winner: Robert Stretton, Aylestone Park FC, Leicester

The IOG Toro Most Promising Sportsturf Student of the Year:

Winner: Dean Bryce, Campbell Park, Milton Keynes

The IOG Rigby Taylor/Top Green Young Groundsman of the Year:

Winner: Martin Stephenson, Ashbrooke Sports Club, Sunderland

The IOG National Governing Bodies Grassroots Sports Grounds Team of the Year – co-sponsored by the All England Lawn Tennis Club, the England and Wales Cricket Board, the Football Association, the Football Foundation, the Lawn Tennis Association, the Premier League, the Rugby Football League and the Rugby Football Union 

Winner: One Leisure, St Ives, Cambridgeshire

The IOG Kubota/Redexim Charterhouse Best Maintained Artificial Pitch of the Year:

Winner: St George's Park, Burton upon Trent, Staffs

The British Sugar TOPSOIL Environmental Project/Innovation of the Year:

Winner: Forest Green Rovers FC, Nailsworth, Glos

The IOG National Governing Bodies Spectator Sports Ground of the Year – co-sponsored by the All England Lawn Tennis Club, the England and Wales Cricket Board, the Football Association, the Football Foundation, the Lawn Tennis Association, the Premier League, the Rugby Football League and the Rugby Football Union 

Winner: Goodison Park, Everton FC, Liverpool

The Souters Sports School, College, University or Sports Club Grounds Team of the Year:

Winner: Harrow School, Middlesex

The IOG Professional Cricket Grounds Team of the Year:

Winner: Worcestershire County Cricket Club

The IOG Mansfield Sand Professional Rugby League Grounds Team of the Year:

Winner: Wigan Warriors

The IOG Professional Rugby Union Grounds Team of the Year:

Winner: Worcester Warriors, Worcester

The IOG John Deere Professional Horse Racing Grounds Team of the Year:

Winner: York Racecourse, North Yorks

The IOG Headland Amenity Professional Tennis Grounds Team of the Year:

Winner: Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham

The IOG Campey/Imants Professional Football Grounds Team of the Year:

Winner: Manchester United FC, Old Trafford

The Alex R Millar DLF/Johnsons & Ransomes Groundsman of the Year:

Winner: Tony Sinclair, Manchester United FC

The IOG Everris & Syngenta Lifetime Achievement Award:

Winner: Derek Walder

Winners of the BIGGA Awards: 

The BIGGA BASF/Sherriff Amenity Young Greenkeeper of the Year

Winner: Stuart Imeson, Dunstanburgh Castle Golf Club, Northumberland

The BIGGA Baroness Championship Greenkeeping Performance of the Year:

Winner: Ian Kinley and team at Royal Porthcawl

The BIGGA Ransomes Greenkeeping Achievement of the Year:

Winner: Edward Ainsworth, Avro Golf Club, Stockport

 

Visit www.iogawards.com for more details.

Posted by: Aaron Gourley 

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