Education experience granted to five BIGGA members as ICL Scholars announced

Karl Hansellin Training & Education

The British & International Golf Greenkeepers Association and Partner ICL have revealed the five recipients of the sixth ICL Continue to Learn Scholarship ahead of the education programme's return to in-person learning in January 2022.

ICL's Dr Andy Owen and Henry Bechelet presenting at Continue to Learn

The successful BIGGA members are:

Kevin Butler, greenkeeper, Saunton Golf Club

Michael Gibbons, greenkeeper, Dunham Forest Golf Club

Abigail Laker, greenkeeper, Frilford Heath Golf Club

Michael Russell, greenkeeper, Preston Golf Club

Jeremy Ward, head greenkeeper, Bradford Moor Golf Club

In addition, the five BIGGA members who participated in the ICL scholarship in 2021, when Continue to Learn took place entirely online, have also been invited to attend the in-person event in January 2022.

To earn an ICL Continue to Learn Scholarship, BIGGA members must demonstrate a commitment to developing their own professional abilities by engaging with BIGGA's Continuing Professional Development scheme.

The ICL Continue to Learn Scholars will receive three nights' hotel accommodation and 15 hours of training and personal development opportunities as BIGGA's world-leading education programme returns to Harrogate Convention Centre in January 2022.

BIGGA's Head of Learning & Development, Sami Strutt, said: "After hosting Continue to Learn as an online event in 2021 due to COVID-19, we're thrilled to be able to host in-person learning once again in January 2022. Thanks to ICL, five BIGGA members will enjoy the countless hours of personal and professional development that come with attending BTME and Continue to Learn. Our sincere thanks are extended to ICL for their continuing support of BIGGA and its members."

Ed Carter, UK Sales and Development Manager at ICL, said: "ICL is a keen supporter of the Continue to Learn education programme as we understand that a highly educated workforce is better able to overcome the challenges that face the industry in the coming years, whether due to our changing climate, changing restrictions on the availability of products or simply due to the desire of golfers to enjoy better quality playing surfaces throughout the year."

"Through the ICL Continue to Learn Scholarship we are able to demonstrate this commitment to BIGGA and its members and I'm hopeful that each of the successful Scholars takes full advantage of the fantastic opportunity they have been presented with."

Continue to Learn at BTME 2022 will take place at Harrogate Convention Centre from Sunday 23 to Wednesday 26 January 2022. The extensive education programme will run alongside the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition, the leading indoor exhibition in Europe for the sports turf industry.

For further information on BTME and Continue to Learn 2022 visit

Through the Turf Rewards loyalty scheme from ICL and Syngenta, BIGGA members are able to claim Continue to Learn education vouchers. Points are gained by purchasing products for use on the golf course. For further information visit