IOG conference tackles grounds management issues
By Mike Beardall
THIS YEAR'S annual conference of the IOG (Institute of Groundsmanship) at Leicester Hilton Hotel (April 12 -14) covers a wide range of issues reflecting the diverse nature of grounds management.
Among the issues tackled will be the reduction in availability of pesticides under new EU legislation, managing water resources and IOG-funded research into electrokinetic processes in the management of sports turf conducted by the University of Newcastle.
The keynote address will be by David Payne, director of investment for Sport England.
Other issues tackled will be grass seed quality, artificial surfaces, multi-sport grounds and facility management (by James Mead of Millfield School) and the new national stadium at Wembley, explained by Noel Jeffs, the director of operations.
On the third day of the conference (Monday April 14) there is a strong local authority input with a focus on Best Value and contractors, composting waste and managing a local authority pitch improvement project.
Among the visits planned are a study tour to Leicester City FC Walkers Stadium and Leicester Tigers Stadium plus a visit to Loughborough University and the new ECB National Cricket Academy.
ECB CRICKET GROUNDSMEN'S SEMINAR
Tuesday April 15 sees a major focus on national cricket strategy at the Leicester Hilton Hotel with updates from Bruce Cruise, ECB national facilities development manager.
Alan Lewis, ECB pitch advisor, looks at the use of organic matter on pitches and David Warner, also an ECB advisor, looks at microbial activity "under the stumps" while Alex Vickers of Cranfield University looks at reasons for pitches cracking up.
Chris Wood, the senior ECB pitch consultant, examines technological innovations for better pitch maintenance.
A question and answer session will be chaired by David Winn, IOG training and education manager.
Guest speaker is Ian Gould, the ECB First Class Umpire, who takes a look at life from the umpire's perspective.
Full Conference details:
FRIDAY 11 APRIL
2100 Informal Quiz
SATURDAY 12 APRIL
Alex R Millar - National Chairman
0920 Keynote Address
David Payne - Director of Investment
0950 "Electrokinetic Processes for the management of sports turf - the first presentation of the results from research sponsored by the IOG 2000 Fund"
Dr John Lamont-Black - Senior Research Associate
University of Newcastle
1100 "No more pesticides? Facing up to the real life practical issues from the professional groundsman/greenkeeper's point of view"
Dave Walden NDT - Golf Course Superintendant
Thorpe Wood Golf Course
1140 "Water use - yet more important new legislation that will have a direct effect on the way you manage your facility. You need to know!"
Dr Steve Tuckwell -Consultant
Water Research Advisory Service
1220 End of Morning Session
1350 "Making life easier for yourself - now there's a software system that's been specifically designed for grounds managers, by grounds managers"
Dave Cartner - Director
1430 End of session
1500 The Institute of Groundsmanship - 2003 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
2000 GALA DINNER
Followed by Cabaret
Dress: Lounge Suits
SUNDAY 13 APRIL
0930 "Grass Seed Quality - are you actually getting what you think? Try asking the right questions!"
David Rhodes- Consultant
Sports Surface Management
1010 "How much do you really know about the rapidly changing world of artificial surfaces? Get yourself up to date!".
Mike Abbott - Consultant
M J Abbott Associates
1120 "Multi sport grounds and facility management at the highest level - meeting the expectations of a top public school"
James Mead - Grounds Manager
1200 "Now the talking is all over and it's actually getting under way! - the new National Stadium project explained."
Noel Jeffs - Operations Director
Wembley National Stadium
1240 End of session
1415 Study Tour - Visits to (i) Leicester City FC Walkers Stadium
(ii) Leicester Tigers RFU Club
Hosted by - Amenity Technology
MONDAY 14 APRIL
0915 "High quality turf management - different problems, different places, but the same dedication to professional results."
Jean Pierre Nelson - Horticultural Manager
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
0950 "CCT, Best Value, contractors, in-house operations? The Special Report - results of a major national survey into what's actually happening in local authority grounds maintenance today"
Cliff Davis- Coleman - Managing Director
1100 "Is it really a viable option? - the use of composted waste as a proven alternative in sportsturf and amenity applications in the USA"
Ron Alexander - Consultant
1140 "You've been granted the money - but now it's all down to you! Managing a pitch improvement project."
Martin Jenkins - Parks and Countryside Officer
Stockton Borough Council
1220 Close of Session
1345 Study Tour - Visit to Loughborough University and ECB Cricket Academy
Mark Freeman - Grounds Manager
1715 Arrive back at Hilton Hotel (approximate time)
Close of IOG Conference
Tuesday 15 April 2003
0930 Registration & Coffee
David Winn - IOG Training & Education Manager
1000 "From the Umpire's End"
Ian Gould - ECB First Class Umpire
1030 "An update on (i) Current ECB Pitch Development Strategy
(ii) The Pitch Advisors Scheme
(iii) Sources of Funding for Pitch Improvements
Bruce Cruse - ECB National Facilities Development Manager
1115 "The Wonders of Organic Matter……..!"
Alan Lewis NDT - ECB Pitch Advisor
1150 "Microbial Activity under the Stumps"
David Warner NDT - ECB Pitch Advisor
1230 View Trade Supplier Displays
1400 "My Pitch is Cracking Up……!"
Alex Vickers - Cranfield University
1440 "Making the Job Easier - Technological Innovations for Pitch Maintenance"
Chris Wood - ECB Pitch Consultant
1500 Question and Answer Session
Chairman - David Winn
The speakers will form the panel
1600 Tea & Departure
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