US Sports Turf Managers Association chief Kim Heck to speak at IOG sports turf conference

Kim Heck, chief executive officer of the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) in America, will be joining the presenters at this year's IOG National Sports Turf Conference on October 15 at the Emirates Stadium, London.

Heck will discuss how image enhancement programmes can help turf professionals gain wider recognition.

She is spearheading such a campaign for sports turf managers in the USA, following a successful similar exercise for The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America.

Heck will give insights into the benefits of profile building, which align with the IOG's Challenging Perceptions strategy.

Minister for sport Gerry Sutcliffe and Mike Gatting, ECB managing director of Cricket Partnerships and former England cricket captain, are special guests at the event.


Finalists for awards at the event are:

The Groundsman's Groundsman of the Year

Jason Booth, Leeds Rhinos

John Calderwood, Aston Villa FC

John Dodwell, Caterham School

Graham Osborne, Halifax Town


Spectator Sports Ground of the Year

Craven Park Stadium, Hull

Emirates Stadium, London

Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Leeds

Independent School Sports Ground of the Year

Hampton School, Middlesex

Shiplake College, Henley-on-Thames

St Albans School, Hertfordshire


Best Maintained Artificial Pitch of the Year

Charterhouse School, Godalming

Leeds Grammer School

Swansea University


Professional Sports Grounds Management Team of the Year

City of Manchester Stadium

Craven Park Stadium

Liberty Stadium


Public Sector Sports Ground of the Year

Cramlington Learning Village & Sporting Club, County Durham

Fair Oak & Horton Heath Parish Council, Eastleigh, Hants

St Paul's Catholic School, Milton Keynes


Grass Roots Sports Ground of the Year

Bletchley Town CC, Milton Keynes

Fair Oak & Horton Heath Parish Council, Eastleigh, Hants

Massey Ferguson Sports Ground, Coventry


Volunteer Sports Grounds Management Team of the Year

Bradshaw CC, Bolton

Lisvane CC, Cardiff

Pentyrch CC, Glamorgan


Volunteer Sports Groundsman of the Year

Brian Addison, Squires Gate FC, Blackpool

Ian Reid, Vipers RFC, Leicester

Dave Rhodes, Motiva Park - Stone Dominoes FC,Staffordshire


Most Promising Sports Turf Student of the Year

Michael Bithell, Oaklands College, Hertfordshire

Christian Brain, Radley College, Oxfordshire

Iestyn John, Reaseheath College, Cheshire


Young Groundsman of the Year

Rory Ferguson, Ransomes Jacobsen, Ipswich

Reece Watson, Arsenal FC, London


Environmental Project of the Year

Coston Primary School, London

Ecosse Regeneration, West Lothian

Westminster City Council Parks, Sports & Leisure Section, London


Employer of the Year

All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, London

Hampton School, Middlesex

The Hurlingham Club, London


Innovation in Grounds Maintenance

Artificial Grass Machinery

Cranfield University

Leamington FC


Public sector outdoor facility of the year

Cardiff Parks; Strategy, Design & Land Management

Fair Oak & Horton Heath Parish Council, Eastleigh, Hants

Kirklees Council, Huddersfield





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