IOG announces groundsmanship awards at SALTEX

The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) has announced the winners of its industry awards at dinner held in Birmingham during SALTEX.

IOG award winners. Image: Supplied
IOG award winners. Image: Supplied

More than 640 of the UK's and Europe's groundscare experts from both the professional and volunteer sectors, as well as dignitaries from the governing bodies of sport and influential sports administrators, attended the awards at a sellout event at the Birmingham Metropole hotel on 4 November.

The event, now in its seventh year, was hosted by talkSPORT Radio presenter Mark Saggers. The awards recognised leadership, innovation and outstanding achievement across every aspect of groundscare, from grassroots pitches to professional stadia.

The event also celebrated the quality standards of groundscare achieved in public and private sports venues, and highlighted the progress of young and student grounds professionals as well as entrants' environmental considerations.

The winners of the 2015 IOG Industry Awards are:

IOG Campey/Imants Football Grounds Team of the Year - Leicester City FC

IOG Headland Amenity Cricket Grounds Team of the Year - Sussex CCC

IOG John Deere Horse Racing Grounds Team of the Year - Nottingham Racecourse 

IOG Kubota Rugby Union Grounds Team of the Year - BT Murrayfield Stadium

IOG Mansfield Sand Rugby League Grounds Team of the Year - Leeds Rhinos (Leeds Rugby)

IOG Tennis Grounds Team of the Year - The Queen’s Club, London

IOG Bowling Green Groundsman/Team of the Year - St Ives Bowls Club, Cambridge

IOG Souters Sports Independent School/University Sports Ground Team of the Year - Whitgift School, Croydon

IOG National Governing Bodies Grassroots Sports Grounds Team of the Year - Beversbrook Sports Facility, Calne, Wiltshire

IOG National Governing Bodies Professional Sports Ground of the Year - St George’s Park, Burton upon Trent, Staffs

IOG Rigby Taylor/Top Green Young Groundsman of the Year - Ryan Powell, Everton FC

IOG Toro Most Promising Sports Turf Student of the Year - Michael Crew, The Hurlingham Club, London

IOG Briggs & Stratton Unsung Hero of the Year - Ian Darler, Cambridge United

IOG Ransomes Jacobsen Environmental Project of the Year - St George’s Park, Burton upon Trent, Staffs

IOG Charterhouse/Kubota Best Maintained Artificial Pitch of the Year - Manchester City FC

IOG International Ambassador of the Year - Philip Sharples, Azerbaijan

IOG Volunteer Groundsman of the Year - Loucas Xenophontos, Hertford Town FC, Herts

IOG Alex R Millar DLF/Ransomes Jacobsen Groundsman’s Groundsman of the Year Award – Jim Dawson, BT Murrayfield Stadium

IOG ICL Everris Syngenta Lifetime Achievement Award – Bob Smith, formerly head groundsman at Derby County FC’s Baseball Ground

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