Mark Saggers and Glamorgan Cricket Club to host second IOG Awards

The second IOG National Awards and Conference will be hosted by TV and radio presenter Mark Saggers at the Swalec Stadium in Cardiff, home of Glamorgan Cricket Club.

The sports turf conference will take place on Thursday November 25, followed by an awards ceremony in the evening.

Saggers aid:  "Last year's inaugural event (at the Emirates Stadium) forcibly highlighted the art of groundsmanship and groundscare to a public audience as well as standing out as a beacon of recognition for and within the industry itself.

"With personal experience of grounds maintenance, I know just how much time, effort and skill goes into ensuring the quality of playing surfaces at both public and private sporting venues, as well as ensuring that the facilities the public enjoy on a regular basis are first-class.

"I'm privileged to again be invited to ‘host' the event, and I can't wait to see and hear about the achievements being revealed this time round."

The awards comprise 16 categories of entry covering sport, grass roots, young people and the environment, from the volunteer through to the major stadium grounds manager.

Awards will be judged on criteria including available resources, budget control, maintenance and use of machinery, presentation and housekeeping standards, technical knowledge, scale of operations frequency of use, health and safety management, record keeping, environmental issues, community involvement and training and education.

IOG chief executive Geoff Webb said:  "Following the successful launch of the Awards last year in London, the choice of the Swalec Stadium as a venue is ideal as part of the IOG's policy to stage the event outside London in alternate years.

"Swalec is a fantastic venue - for the IOG's National Conference as well as the Industry Awards, and I know that this year's attendees, as well as the event sponsors and supporters, will be treated to a memorable occasion with an industry-leading Awards evening preceded by an authoritative National Conference and complemented by a series of not-to-be-missed study tours to nearby sporting showcases.

"Importantly, too, I am also equally confident that the high level of quality entries will maintain the exceedingly high standards already set for the Awards."

Visit for full information about the Awards, including category and entry/nomination details.


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