London Legacy Development Corporation park chief to talk at IOG conference

Speakers at this year's Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) sports turf conference will include Mark Camley, director of park operations at the London Legacy Development Corporation.

The event at York Racecourse on 6 December is targeted at grounds staff across all sporting disciplines, as well as allied professionals and volunteers.

Camley will tell visitors to the conference, called Ahead of the Game, about the challenges of securing a legacy befitting an Olympic Games widely hailed as one of the finest in recent years.

"Mark will illustrate how he is a fervent advocate of the industry working together to improve the status of parks," said an IOG spokesman. "Mark is a powerful green-space leader and has strong views.

"He recently contrasted the iconic status of the Olympic Park with the dire state of parks funding across the UK. and made a passionate call for the industry to work together to move parks up the political agenda."

Also speaking at the conference will be FIFA project manager Stuart Larman, who will talk on the high-pressured job of grounds upkeep for football from a senior staff and middle management perspective.

"Stuart will tell delegates what they need to know when they come to invest in natural grass pitches to ensure grounds-maintenance teams receive due recognition and the support they need."

Other speakers will include Murray Cook, president of Brickman Sports Turf in America, trainer Frank Newberry and York Racecourse’s head groundsman Adrian Kay.

There will also be a special session, called "A year in the life of the IOG Young Directors", looking at challenges, innovations and technology.

More details of the conference will be released on the IOG website

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