0 Free morning workshops


By Mike Saull

At a time when there is growing criticism of the state of sports pitches throughout the UK, turf soil and grounds management specialists, TurfTrax, is hosting a number of regional workshops to provide baseline solutions to solve turf troubles.

The events, to be held throughout March, at venues between Cheltenham and York are for all those involved in pitch and golf course management and the renovation decision-making chain, from senior club or local authority managers, to Groundsmen and greenkeepers.

"We estimate that the UK sports industry from school playfield level to the Premier League loses between £600-800 million every year as a result of poor playability or postponements," says TurfTrax managing director, Justin Smith.

"However, most of this could be avoided through simple planning and adopting scientifically sound, remediation and management practices, which in many cases need not cost a fortune.

"There simply is no reason why sports turf shouldn't be able to cope with extremes of weather. Anyone who is experiencing problems at present needs to re-examine their pitch or course construction, or drainage system."

As a leading provider of scientific advice and sports facility design and construction implementation, TurfTrax is hosting the six, free regional workshops to present those facing up to the problems of poor playability with some answers.

The workshops will identify what are the top-ten turf-troubles and provide some simple solutions to avoid these recurring.

They will also help decision-makers draw up a simple strategy to follow when sourcing contractors and agreeing specifications for remediation or reconstruction. Finally, it will give delegates a chance to air and discuss their own problems with TurfTrax's consultative team.

The workshops, which start at 9.30 and finish with lunch, are at:-

Leicester City Football Club 11th March

Haydock Park Racecourse 12th March

Twickenham RFC 17th March

Wyboston, St Neots 19th March

BIGGA House, York 20th March

Cheltenham Racecourse 25th March

For an invitation, please contact Sarah Mason, mentioning 'Pitchcare' on 01234 821750, or e-mail sarah.mason@turftrax.co.uk.

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