Industry Suppliers Team Up to host Surface Management Workshop

Louise Challissin Training & Education

A number of leading suppliers from across the industry are joining forces on Thursday 1st June 2023 to host the first Surface Management Workshop. Taking place at Stamford AFC, the one-day event consists of talks, trade displays and working demonstrations aimed at grounds professionals responsible for both natural and artificial sport surfaces.

DLF, GKB, Iseki, British Sugar TOPSOIL and Vanmac are among the list of brands signed up to support the day, offering advice and practical guidance to those working on surfaces - be it natural or synthetic - from all corners of the sporting sector. The venue, Stamford AFC in Lincolnshire, has been chosen to provide ease of access to visitors and the opportunity to watch a range of equipment in-action on the club's natural turf football pitch and artificial surface, used by the club and the students at the neighbouring Stamford College.

The free-to-attend workshop will commence at 10am with an introductory presentation covering key maintenance do's and don'ts, followed by an opportunity to get hands-on with a range of products and machinery that is key to the upkeep of sports surfaces. Experts will also be on hand throughout the day to offer advice and answer your technical questions. Following lunch and a closing Q&A, departure will be at approximately 3pm.

"With advice available and a wide variety of products on show from seed and soil, through to a vast selection of maintenance machinery, we're excited to be able to offer something to all types of turf professional - from those working within schools and colleges, cricket grounds, through to contractors and winter sports venues from grass roots to top-flight level" explains Tom Shinkins of GKB Machines. "The aim is to discuss some of the major industry issues and give attendees sound tips and ideas to take away and implement at their own facilities."

Those interested in attending can confirm their place with an email to Samantha Hodge on