Institute of Groundsmanship dishes out top awards

The winners of the 2010 Institute of Groundsmanship (IoG) Awards have been announced at a special ceremony in Cardiff.

The event was attended by nearly 300 grounds care experts from the UK and Europe, and keynote speakers included Sport England chief executive Jennie Price and Sport Wales chief executive Huw Jones.

Award winners included Leamington FC, Warwickshire, which scooped the grass root sports ground of the year gong and environmental project of the year.

A lifetime achievement award was presented to Keith Boyce, who gained esteem as head groundsman at Headingley, where he held training courses that attracted 200 people a time. Now in his seventies, he continues in grounds care, maintaining the pitches at New Rover Cricket Club in Leeds.

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