Sponsor secured for IOG Saltex's new Young Groundsmen event

IOG Saltex's new Young Groundsmen's Conference has secured its first sponsor.

Rigby Taylor and the Top Green grass seed brand will sponsor the event, between 1pm and 3.30pm on 2 September at the new Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Live Stage in the centre of the Saltex showground.

The ‘Our Career, Your Future’ initiative will be chaired by Leicester City FC head groundsman John Ledwidge and will include a question and answer session with Keith Kent from Twickenham Stadium and England and Wales Cricket Board pitches consultant Chris Wood, as well as Neil Stubley from the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

Young groundsmen will speak about their career progression and there will also be an opportunity for one-to-one discussions after the event.

The new Live Stage is located next to the IOG Hub in the centre of the showground.

Topics covered on the Live Stage include funding, sports turf on a low budget, coping with high use and avoiding compaction, soil tests, irrigation and pest control.

There is still a full programme of talks and debates in room 5 of the Grandstand, including a BIGGA-curated day on 3 September.

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