Are UK groundsmen up to delivering world class sports pitches?

Turf pros are to look at how the industry can play a leading part in rolling out world-class sports pitches for the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Derek Casey, bid director for the Glasgow event, will make his case in a keynote speech at an Institute of Groundsmanship conference next month.

"Is the industry prepared and able to play a part in delivering world class sporting venues?" asked a spokesman for the IOG.

"Derek's probing presentation is likely to stir the audience," at the Scotsturf show on 5 and 6 November in Edinburgh, he added.

Glasgow beat the Nigerian capital Abuja last October to win the right to stage the games, the cost of which has been put at £288 million.

An estimated 1,000 jobs will be created and the organisers are hoping for an upsurge of economic benefits.

Casey addressed the IOG's national conference in February, and Scotsturf will also include seminars on corporate manslaughter as well as noise and vibration.

Meanwhile the institute is to host an IOG in Action day at Brighton College on 29th October.

Experts will give seminars and practical demonstrations themed on the upkeep and management of sports surfaces.

They will look at the different seeds used for various sports, turf nutrition for autumn and winter surfaces, and setting and monitoring surface standards.

Visit and for the IOG in Action - Brighton College event contact Louise Hopkins on 01908 312511.

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