0 Pitchcare competition reminder.

Pitchcare competition reminder.

By Laurence Gale MSc

There is still time left to enter our fantastic Bill Adams Literary Awards sponsored by Syngenta. The competition closes on March 31st 2006.

The student who, in the opinion of the judges, produces the best article will receive a brand new Laptop Computer.

The best article submitted by a Pitchcare member will win a European weekend break for two valued at £500.

Books will also be awarded to commended college entries

In the last twenty years we have seen some tremendous advances in sports surface technology, particularly in the advancement of machinery and its operation, renovation, construction and maintenance techniques.

The wealth of knowledge required to manage and maintain sports facilities in today's world is immense. It is one of the reasons why David Saltman set up Pitchcare.com in the first place, he felt there was a clear need to promote our industry and at the same time recognize, promote and share the skills, experiences and work of turf professionals.

It is important that we as an industry share this information; promoting education and training is an essential task to ensure the future of our industry in maintaining and sustaining quality facilities.

With that in mind we have enlisted the support of the eminent Professor Bill Adams, (former Head of Institute of Biological Sciences at University of Wales, Aberystwyth and the author of many books and technical papers) and also our sponsor, Syngenta, to provide a new and exciting competition not only for Pitchcare members but also for students currently attending colleges and universities in the UK.

The Bill Adams Literary Award will give students and Pitchcare members the opportunity to submit a written piece of work on any subject relating to the sports turf industry. Winning entries will be published on the website and in the Pitchcare magazine.

See following link for competition details Bill Adams Literary awards 2005/6

Categories of Award:

There are two awards with eligibility for entry as follows: -

1. Students up to and including degree level.
2. Pitchcare members.

Entry in only one category is allowed.

Any student currently attending a course within a UK educational institution incorporating turfgrass science and/or management can enter the student award.

Colleges/Universities should encourage all students attending related sports turf courses to enter.

The respective college tutor(s) and Laurence Gale MSc (Pitchcare) will judge college entries initially. The winning entry from each college will receive a copy of Sports Turf & Amenity Grassland Management, and will be considered for the main award to be judged by Bill Adams, Laurence Gale and David Saltman.

Bill Adams, Laurence Gale and David Saltman will also judge the Pitchcare member's award.

All authors will be judged on their attention to following the guidelines, as well as their literary skills and subject matter. All finalists will have their work published by Pitchcare.

The judges' decision will be final.

These Awards have been designed to encourage learning and understanding of the wide and varied subject of turfgrass management.

All entries must be produced in an electronic format. The following form must be completed and submitted with all entries: -

To complete the form, fill in the required boxes and then save as a word document on your desktop. Click on the entry form link (Bill Adams Literary Awards link) to create an e-mail and then attach the saved copy of the entry form and your literary piece before sending your entry back to us.

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