Bolton Wanderers' Niall Hazelhurst hails IoG award

Bolton Wanderers Reebok Stadium assistant groundsman Niall Hazelhurst says winning last year's Institute of Groundsmanship Industry Award for Young Groundsman of the Year had an immediate impact on his life.

He said: "It has certainly been a case of people recognising who I am, thanks to the publicity that surrounded my win. Another major benefit of winning the award was being invited to join in with the work of the IOG Young Directors.

"Working with the ‘Young Board’ has been a tremendous boon and the discussions I’ve had during the various trips we’ve made, in the UK and abroad, have been a real eye-opener in terms of different approaches to groundscare.

"Earlier this year I was off work on sick leave for about six months and I realised just how much I missed the job.

"It’s that feeling, that sense of passion, that I now want to impart to other youngsters by inspiring them to become involved in this industry.  "I also encourage other young groundsmen to enter the Awards this year – because they can change your life."

This year’s IOG Industry Awards are being held at York Racecourse on December 6.


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