Awards

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  The national IOG Industry Awards 2018

    The national IOG Industry Awards 2018

    Save the date! The IOG Industry Awards will celebrate the best in groundsmanship, as well as the events 10th anniversary, taking place on Wednesday 31 October, at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole.
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  IOG Industry Awards 2018 nominations open 1 May!

    IOG Industry Awards 2018 nominations open 1 May!

    The IOG Industry Awards 2018 recognise the passion, dedication and challenges faced by grounds staff – at all levels, both volunteer and professional, new and experienced.

Why nominate 
The IOG industry-wide Annual Awards recognise and promote groundsmanship and best practice, by highlighting professional and volunteer expertise. If you think an individual, organisation or team deserves recognition for their outstanding contribution to this industry, now’s the time to nominate. 

How to nominate
It’s easy to enter! Simply complete the online nomination form in five easy steps, open from 1 May - 20 July. You can nominate yourself, colleagues and others, more than once, for relevant awards. 

1  Click 'make my nomination' to start (below)
2  Provide key and basic information, as the proposer
3  Choose one IOG Industry Awards category 
4  Provide the details of who you wish to nominate  
5  Click the 'submit' button to send your nomination 

Make my nomination

Judging Process 
The judges are all groundsmen who give their time freely and have both experience in a particular sector across the categories and also experience of assessing applications. 

An application form will be sent to those nominated within 7 working days of the nomination being submitted by the nominator. For the 'Lifetime Achievement' and 'Outstanding Achievement' Awards, the application (statement) form will be sent to the nominator. For 'Most Promising Sports Turf Student', the application form will be sent to the assessor/lecturer and we will ask for their contact details if needed. The deadline for applications to be submitted is midnight, Friday 10 August 2018. 

Stage 1: This first stage is desk based and carried out entirely on the basis of a completed application form – the quality of images and information provided. (Starts 15 August 2018) 

Stage 2: Those in the short list will recieve a site visit, to enable a more in depth analysis – conducted independently, to verify recommendation and ensure transparency. (Starts 01 September 2018)

The winners 
The winners will be announced at the prestigious Industry Awards ceremony (close to the NEC, during SALTEX 2018) on the evening of Wednesday 31 October. 

All shortlisted entries will be contacted by an IOG representative and will be invited to attend the ceremony.

This event will also be attended by groundscare individuals, sports governing bodies, facility operators, sponsors, members of the press and corporate representatives from the global groundscare community.

This year's Institute of Groundsmanship Industry Awards, with 20 categories, recognise the passion, dedication and challenges faced by grounds staff, volunteer and professional, and include a series of new (and refreshed) awards in response to industry feedback. Nominate a deserving team or individual today!

1. IOG Toro Most Promising Sports Turf Student
This category is open to anyone currently studying, or who has recently graduated from a course relating to the sports turf industry. Candidates can be studying, or have studied, a course full-time or part-time. This year the student must complete the application form, and have this signed by their tutor or current line manager. 
Keywords: student, graduate, individual, full-time, part-time. 

Note: The application form is to be completed by the student.

2. IOG Young Groundsperson
This award is open to anyone who is aged 30 or under at the time of submitting their application. Young grounds staff are the future of our industry, so if you know a young person who deserves this award, perhaps a friend of colleague, nominate them today. You'll also help improve the status of grounds people in the UK. 
Keywords: young, individual, grassroots, professional, sport.

3. IOG Volunteer Sports Groundsperson/Team
This award recognises the extremely valuable work of all those who voluntarily work on either grassroots or professional sport surfaces, in a local community or world-class sports stadium. This award raises the profile of volunteers, who devote their spare time to maintaining and improving our playing surfaces.
Keywords: volunteer, individual, team, community, grassroots, professional. 

4. IOG NGB Community Sports Clubs Ground Team/Individual
Open to all community sports clubs. This award will highlight the skills and quality of pitch maintenance by both willing volunteers and paid professionals. Has your local sports ground faced a recent challenge and gone over and above to win? Your good deed for today – say thanks, nominate now.
Keywords: community, grassroots, individual, team, facilities, sport. 

5. Public Sector Sports Grounds Team (NEW) 
This award is open to all sites owned and operated by Councils, Metropolitan through to Parish. Sites could be parks or state schools, leisure centers or small rural settings. Open to contractors, client side management, trusts or community groups. The winner will show a clear improvement over the past 12 months, in managing sports capacity through reduced cancellations and integrated managment.
Keywords: public, council, leisure, parks, schools, team.

6. IOG Bowling Greenkeeper/Team
This category highlights the very best in fine turf management at bowling greens across the UK. This award is open for both willing volunteers and paid professionals and takes into account the surface condition, grounds budget and available resources. Nominate yourself, a bowling greenkeeper, or team today!
Keywords: bowling, team, individual, volunteer, professional.

7. IOG Best Managed Artificial Surface (NEW)
For those who apply essential maintenance work to effectively manage an artificial surface, enable frequency of use and meet the desired standard. This award is open to all levels of sport, whether volunteer or paid professional and takes into account the usage level, grounds budget, surface condition and available resources.
Keywords: artificial, surface, volunteer, grassroots, professional.

8. IOG Environmental and Ecology Strategy (NEW)
This award is for those who intend to, are currently in the process of, or have recently completed a key project – considering topics such as vegetation, wildlife, habitats, sustainability and the environment as a whole. This award is open to all areas of sports turf and all sectors. Do you know a grounds team who shows responsibility for green management?
Keywords: project, individual, team, environmental, sustainable. 

9. IOG NGB Professional Multi-Sports Ground/Facility (NEW)
This category is applicable to all professional sports facilities that stage multi sports and events at their venue. This award is aimed at sports venues or stadia that achieve the highest standards while dealing with high and varied usage. Self-nominate or nominate a multi sports grounds team today!
Keywords: professional, sports, facilities, events, venue. 

10. IOG Professional Cricket Grounds Team (NEW)
This team award highlights the very best in sports turf management at a cricket club or venue with paying spectators attending. The winning team should mostly be paid on a full-time basis as employees of the club or venue represented. The team must also have hosted a minimum of three first-class fixtures within the past season.
Keywords: cricket, team, venue, first-class, fixtures. 

11. IOG Professional Tennis Courts Grounds Team/Individual (NEW)
This team award highlights the very best in sports turf management at a tennis club, venue or organisation. This award is open to any individual/team who manages or maintains outdoor tennis courts, be it a tournament venue, school, university, park or local tennis club, particularly offering natural grass courts. Members of staff should mostly be paid on a full-time basis as employees of the club, venue or organisation. 
Keywords: tennis, individual, team, venue, club, organisation.

12. IOG John Deere Professional Horse Racing Grounds Team
This team award highlights the very best in sports turf management at a horse racing venue. The winning team should mostly be paid on a full-time basis at the course. It is open to all venues that host events with paying spectators attending. Self-nominate or nominate a professional horse racing grounds team today!
Keywords: horse, racing, team, professional, grounds.

13. IOG Professional Rugby Football League Grounds Team
This team award highlights the very best in sports turf management at a rugby club within an existing league structure. The winning team should mostly be paid on a full-time basis as employees of the club represented and work at the stadium or training ground (or both). Open to all venues that host tournaments with paying spectators. 
Keywords: rugby, team, professional, league, club, grounds. 

14. IOG GrassMaster Professional Rugby Football Union Grounds Team
This team award highlights the very best in sports turf management at a rugby club within an existing league structure. The winning team should mostly be paid on a full-time basis as employees of the club represented and work at the stadium or training ground (or both). It is open to all venues that host tournaments with paying spectators attending.
Keywords: rugby, team, professional, union, club, grounds. 

15. (A) IOG SISGrass Professional Football Grounds Team 
(For English Leagues 1 & 2, National League, National League North/South, Scottish Championship & Leagues 1 & 2, Ireland & Wales Professional Leagues). This award highlights the very best in sports turf management at a club, inside the professional football leagues in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. The venue will host paying spectators. 
Keywords: football, team, semi-professional, grounds. 

15. (B) IOG SGL Professional Football Grounds Team 
(For those in the Premier League, Championship and Scottish Premier League). This award highlights the very best in sports turf management at an elite football club. The winning team should 'mostly' be paid on a full-time basis as employees of the club, and work at the stadium and/or training ground. The venue will host paying spectators. 
Keywords: football, team, professional, premier, league, championship, grounds.

16. IOG University/College Grounds Team (NEW)
This award is designed to recognise excellence in the presentation of playing surfaces and green space at any university or college in the UK. Nominate a grounds team and help the IOG, and the wider grounds management industry, to congratulate the effort that goes in to maintaining the facilities at these learning establishments. Take part, vote now!
Keywords: education, establishment, team, sport, grounds.

17. IOG Independent School Grounds Team (NEW)
This award is designed to recognise excellence in the presentation of playing surfaces and green space at an independent school in the UK. Nominate a grounds team and help the IOG, and the wider grounds management industry, to congratulate the effort that goes in to maintaining the facilities at these learning establishments. Take part, vote now!
Keywords: education, independent, team, sport, grounds.

18. International Ambassador  
This award is applicable to someone who has championed British Groundsmanship abroad.
Keywords: groundsmanship, abroad, champion.

19. IOG Alex R Miller Award (NEW) * 
The judges who are made up of past and present groundsmen, working in both professional and amateur level, will select what they consider to be the outstanding winner across all categories of IOG awards for the current year.
Keywords: individual, team, grassroots, professional, innovator. 

Note: Nominations are NOT accepted for this category. 

20. IOG Lifetime/Outstanding Achievement (NEW) **
This award is decided by the IOG and honours those who have made an outstanding contribution to the groundscare industry. Support your peers and salute your achiever! 
Keywords: groundscare, contribution, grassroots, professional.

Note: The application form for this category is sent to the nominator.

 

*Alex R Millar was national chair of the Institute of Groundsmanship from 1991-1993 and again from 2002 until his passing in 2009. This award has been dedicated to Alex to honour his passion and enthusiasm for the industry.

**Self-nominations not accepted.

The National Governing Bodies of sport (NGB's), are co-sponsored by the AELTC (All England Lawn Tennis Club), ECB (the England and Wales Cricket Board), The FA (Football Association), the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association), the Premier League, the RFL (Rugby Football League) and the RFU (Rugby Football Union).

Accommodation
Ellis Salsby Ltd has been appointed 'official accommodation agent' for this event and is offering special rates at carefully selected Hotels. To book, phone 01562 821711, or email bookings@ellis-salsby.co.uk

Getting to the venue

The Hilton Birmingham Metropole is situated next to the NEC, Genting Arena, Birmingham International Train Station and Birmingham Airport. This Birmingham hotel enjoys a privileged location and allows guests to enjoy great offers, including Park & Fly specials. Click here to get directions. 

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Bookings for the IOG Industry Awards 2018 open Monday 2 July! 

Places cost £90 for IOG members (£180 for non-members)(TBC). Simply download the Booking Form (below) – includes accommodation, exhibition and awards venue site map. Type in your details and email to events@iog.org

Booking form

For support and enquiries, phone Lisa Gregg on 01908 552 988.

Now an integral part of the Sport Amenities Landscaping Trade Exhibition (SALTEX), based at the NEC near Birmingham, the IOG Industry Awards have recognised excellence in groundscare across the professional, amateur and voluntary sports sectors for more than eight consecutive years.

Awards categories cover all of the major sports – from professional stadia to grassroots level - and also salute students, volunteers, innovators and lifetime contributors to turfcare. Thanks to a high-profile and wide-reaching promotions campaign, the IOG Industry Awards ceremony brings together around many of the UK and Europe’s leading practitioners and suppliers to pay tribute to the very best. The event is also attended and covered by specialist and national media.

Sponsorship of an award category is a cost-effective way to elevate your brand profile and demonstrate your support for the best end-users in the business. In addition to the opportunities at the presentation itself, sponsors are woven into the event's marcomms campaign – in the lead up to, and after the event.

To find out more about how your company or brand can benefit from taking part, contact IOG head of business development. Email Karen Maxwell at kmaxwell@iog.org, call 01908 552987, or 07866 736597.