New turf experts announced for IoG Turf Matters Conference

Gleneagles' head greenkeeper Steve Chappell and international turf expert Jerad Minnick will join speakers at the Institute of Groundsmanship's (IoG) conference.

Steve Chappell, head greenkeeper at Gleneagles
Steve Chappell, head greenkeeper at Gleneagles
The National Turf Matters Conference, held on 4 December at stadiummk, Milton Keynes, will be hosted by talkSPORT’s Mark Saggers.

Chappell and Minnick complement other high-profile names, including England rugby league captain Kevin Sinfield, who will present a player’s view of the importance of high-class turf playing surfaces, and Twickenham Stadium’s head groundsman Keith Kent, who will focus on how multi-use stadia can make the most of modern sports turf technology.

Pete Hussey and Adam Witchell from IoG Grassroots Sports Grounds of the Year winners Stanley Park and Beversbrook Sports Facility, respectively, will join Institute of Horticulture president elect Andrew Gill representing The Parks Alliance, to discuss increasing the use of natural turf.

In addition, taking part in Q and A formats, clerks of the course Chris Stickels from Royal Ascot and William Derby from York Racecourse will debate racecourse excellence, while Stuart Kerrison, head groundsman at Essex County Cricket Club and Gary Barwell from Edgbaston Stadium, will highlight the pressures involved in modern-day cricket turf maintenance.

From the independent schools sector, the conference will also welcome Harrow School’s interim grounds manager Lee Marshallsay and Eton College’s John Taylor, who will talk about managing sports turf for schools and community use.

This year's Turf Matters will be the last to be held in December. From next year it will be moved to IoG Saltex which will take place on 4 and 5 November, part of a drive by the IoG to create a "groundsmanship week" with an international draw. Visit www.iogawards.com to book a place at the 2014 event.


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