Aston Villa groundsman wins top prize at first ever IOG Awards

Aston Villa's Jonathan Calderwood picked up the Groundman's Groundsman of the Year prize, sponsored by DLF Trifolium and Johnsons, at the first ever Institute of Groundsmanship awards held at Arsenal Football Club's Emirates Stadium.

The ceremony, hosted by TV and radio pundit Mark Saggers and guest of honour ex-England and Northampton Saints rugby star Martin Bayfield, saw 15 groundsman, sports clubs and industry professionals honoured for their contributions.

The prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award — supported by Lloyds and co of Letchworth — went to Steve Braddock for his long service to groundsmanship, overseeing the development of many high profile stars at Arsenal.

The awards were judged by an independent panel on criteria including effective use of resources, budgetary control, presentation and housekeeping standards and environmental considerations.

Spectators Sports Ground of the Year — supported by the All England Lawn Tennis Club, the ECB, FA, LTA, Premier League, PFA and RFU — went to Headingley Carnegie Stadium in Leeds.

Other awards included:

  • Independent School Sports Ground of the Year — Shiplake College in Henley-on-Thames.
  • Best Maintained Artificial Pitch of the Year (supported by Charterhouse Turf Machinery) — Swansea University.
  • Professional Sports Grounds Management Team of the Year — Liberty Stadium's Dan Duffy and Andrew Davies.
  • Public Sector Sports Ground of the Year (supported by Vitax Supaturf) — Cramlington Learning Village and Sporting Club Northumberland.
  • Grass Roots Sports Ground of the Year (supported by the Central Council of Physical Recreation) — Bletchley Town CC, Milton Keynes.
  • Volunteer Sports Grounds Management Team of the Year (supported by Barclays Spaces for Sport Programme) — Lisyane Cricket Club, Cardiff.
  • Volunteer Sports Groundsman of the Year (supported by Mark Harrod) — Ian Reid, Vipers RFC, Leicester.
  • Most Promising Sports Turf Student of the Year (supported by Fleet Line Markers) — Iestyn John, Reaseheath College, Cheshire.
  • Young Groundsman of the Year (supported by Sheriff Amenity) — Reece Watson, Arsenal FC.
  • Environmental Project of the Year (supported by Ransomes Jacobsen) — Westminster City Council.
  • Employer of the Year — Hampton School, Middlesex.
  • Innovation in Grounds Maintenance — Cranfield University's Centre for Sports Surface Technology for the development of guidelines for cricket pitch rolling.
  • Public Sector Outdoor Facility of the Year — Fair Oak and Horton Heath Parish Coucil, Eastleigh, Hants.

For pictures from the IOG Conference and Awards, visit the Horticulture Week picture gallery.


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