Wembley Stadium staff take IOG professional sports ground team of the year award

The grounds team at Wembley Stadium won the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Professional Sports Ground Team of the Year at a sell-out awards event on Thursday.

The full group of winners at the 2013 IOG Awards
The full group of winners at the 2013 IOG Awards

Gary Barwell of Warwickshire Cricket Club, Neil Stubley from the All England Lawn Tennis Club (Wimbledon), Darren Baldwin from Tottenham Hotspur FC and Adrian Kay of York Racecourse won IOG Professional Groundsman of the Year awards for cricket, tennis, football and horse racing.

Myles Landick of Jersey RFC and Jason Booth of Leeds Rugby won IOG Professional Rugby Union and League Groundsman of the year respectively.

They were among a host of winners at the event, held at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, after the IOG’s annual conference under the title of Raising the Game.

IOG regional advisor for Wales Len Smith, formerly of Glamorgan County Cricket Club won The IOG Everris & Syngenta Lifetime Achievement award.

The full list of winners and finalists of the 2013 IOG Industry Awards are:

The IOG Professional Sports Ground Team of the Year

  • Winner: Wembley Stadium
  • Finalists: Huntingdon Racecourse; Leeds Rugby; Liberty Stadium, Swansea; The Hurlingham Club, Fulham

The IOG Professional Cricket Groundsman of the Year

  • Winner: Gary Barwell, Warwickshire CC
  • Finalist: Steve Birks, Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club (Trent Bridge)

The IOG Professional Rugby Union Groundsman of the Year

  • Winner: Myles Landick, Jersey RFC
  • Finalist: Martin Knight, Worcester Warriors RFC

The IOG Professional Rugby League Groundsman of the Year

  • Winner: Jason Booth, Leeds Rugby
  • Finalist: John Lupton, Castleford Tigers

The IOG Professional Tennis Groundsman of the Year

  • Winner: Neil Stubley, All England Lawn Tennis Club (Wimbledon)
  • Finalist: Ian Wall, Bank of England Sports Centre, Roehampton, London

The IOG Campey/Imants Professional Football Groundsman of the Year

  • Winner: Darren Baldwin, Tottenham Hotspur FC
  • Finalist: Tony Stones, Wembley Stadium

The IOG John Deere Professional Horse Racing Groundsman of the Year

  • Winner: Adrian Kay, York Racecourse
  • Finalist: Shaun Reilly, Huntingdon Racecourse

The IOG Governing Bodies Professional 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: Etihad Stadium, Manchester
  • Finalist: White Hart Lane, London

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

  • Winner: Ryan Golding, Leeds Rugby
  • Finalist: Will Graves, Merchant Taylors’ School, Middlesex

The IOG Toro School, College, University Sports Club Groundsman of the Year

  • Winner: Stephen Fidler, St James Independent Boys’ School, Middlesex
  • Finalist: Adam Tester, University of Leicester

The IOG School, College, University Sports Club Grounds Team of the Year

  • Winner: St Albans School, Hertfordshire
  • Finalist: Hampton School, Middlesex

The IOG Most Promising Groundscare Student of the Year

  • Winner: Martin Stephenson, Ashbrooke Sports Club, Sunderland
  • Finalist: Dean Bryce, Sports Ground Services, Milton Keynes

The IOG White Horse Contractors Grass Roots Sports Ground of the Year

  • Winner: Beversbrook Sports Facility, Calne, Wilts
  • Finalist: Aspatria RUFC, Cumbria

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