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, close the NEC in Birmingham.
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  The IOG Industry Awards 2018 nominations are CLOSED!

    The IOG Industry Awards 2018 nominations are CLOSED!

    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 - 31 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 'Special Recognition' and 'Lifetime/Outstanding Achievement', the application 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.

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 13 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 27 August 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.

Bowling Greenkeeper/Team
This category highlights the very best in fine turf management at bowling greens across the UK – from paid professionals to willing volunteers. 2017 / winner. – Potters Bar Bowls Club

Best Maintained Artificial Pitch  
For those who have received the appropriate training, and apply essential maintenance work to effectively manage an artificial surface. 2017 / winner.  University of Nottingham

Ransomes Environmental/Innovative Project  
A team award, for those who intend to or have recently completed a key project, taking into account topics such as vegetation, wildlife and habitats. 2017 / winner. – Forest Green Rovers FC 

Toro Most Promising Sports Turf Student  
Open to the full-time and part-time student, or graduate (2016) - from a groundscare/sportsturf related course. (Entry form is completed by the tutor). 2017 / winner. – Tara Massey, Manchester City FC 

Redexim Charterhouse/Kubota Volunteer Groundsman/Team
Often unsung heroes, this award recognises the valuable work of volunteers, who devote their spare time to maintaining and improving our playing surfaces. 2017 / winner. – Philip Swann, Bridge Trust Society

Rigby Taylor/Top Green Young Groundsman
Open to any grounds person who is aged 25 or under at the time of application. Young grounds staff are the future of the industry – nominate them today. 2017 / winner. – James Wood, Manchester City FC

Growth Products Independent School/University/College Grounds Team
This refreshed category will recognise the excellence of a grounds team at an educational establishment - the presentation of playing surfaces and green space. 2017 / winner. – University of Surrey

Private Members Sports Club Grounds Team
New for 2017, this award aims to recognise excellence in the presentation of playing surfaces at a high-profile, private and member based establishment. 2017 / winner. – The Queen's Club, London

NGB Professional Sports Grounds Team
This category is applicable to the successful professional sports club – aimed at sports grounds or stadia that achieve the highest standards. 2017 / winner. – Manchester City FC 

NGB Grassroots Sports Grounds Team  
This award is applicable to the successful non professional sports club – with members of the grounds team being full, part-time, or volunteer. 2017 / winner. – NPL Sports Club 

Headland Amenity Professional Cricket Grounds Team*
This team award is open to all cricket venues that host events with paying spectators attending, and have employees paid on a full-time basis. 2017 / winner. – Durham CCC 

CubCadet INFINICUT® Professional Tennis Grounds Team*
This team award is open to a tennis venue that hosts tournaments with paying spectators attending, and have employees paid on a full-time basis. 2017 / winner. – Nottingham Tennis Centre

SISGrass Professional Football Grounds Team*
For English Leagues 1 & 2, National, National North/South, Scottish Championship & Leagues 1 & 2, Ireland & Wales Professional Leagues. 2017 / winner. – Bury FC, Greater Manchester 

SGL Professional Football Grounds Team*
This team award is open to grounds who's club are in the Premier League, Championship and Scottish Premier League. 2017 / winner. – Leicester City FC 

John Deere Professional Horse Racing Grounds Team*
This team award is open to a horse racing venue that hosts events with paying spectators attending, and have employees paid on a full-time basis. 2017 / winner. – Ripon Racecourse 

Mansfield Sand Professional Rugby Football League Grounds Team*
This team award is open a club within an existing league structure, a venue with paying spectators, and employees paid on a full-time basis. 2017 / winner. – Castleford Tigers 

GrassMaster Professional Rugby Football Union Grounds Team*
This team award is open a club within an existing league structure, a venue with paying spectators, and employees paid on a full-time basis. 2017 / winner. – Yorkshire Carnegie 

Contractor of the Year
This category highlights the very best in sports facility contracting, showing a strong client relationship, a high professional attitude and attention to detail. 2017 / winner. – Premier Pitches 

International Ambassador
Applicable to someone who has championed British groundsmanship abroad – applied experience, raise standards and shown pride to all those involved. 2017 / winner. – Simon Gumbrill

Lifetime/Outstanding Achievement  
This award is decided by the IOG and honours those who have given great contributions to the groundscare industry over a period of time, short or long. 2017 / winner. – Martin Ford

Ransomes/DLF Johnsons Alex R Miller Groundsman   
Decided from the winners of the professional grounds team awards (the head of the winning team will receive the award) – announced at the awards ceremony. 2017 / winner. – Vic Demain, Durham CCC

Special Recognition Award (Professional Category)
Replaces the Unsung Hero Award, and honours someone who has shown extreme dedication, perhaps under the radar – for the good of groundsmanship. 2017 / winner. – Paul Burgess, Real Madrid C.F. 

Special Recognition Award (Volunteer Category)
Replaces the Unsung Hero Award, and honours someone who has shown extreme dedication, perhaps under the radar – for the good of groundsmanship. 2017 / winner. – Peter Green, Honley CC 

*Acknowledging the role of an individual groundsman from within all the relevant professional grounds team award categories.

NGB = National Governing Bodies of sport, 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).

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 

Getting to the venue

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The National Motorcycle Museum is situated in the very centre of England, in the West Midlands near both Solihull & Birmingham with easy access from both London/the South and the North of the UK. The address is Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, West Midlands, B92 0EJ. For SAT NAV directions please use Postcode B92 0ED.

By Road: The National Motorcycle Museum is located directly on the J6 island of the M42 motorway, directly opposite the NEC near Solihull in the West Midlands. Once you are on the A45 and in the vicinity of the NEC and Airport, please look for the highway brown signs. 

Car Parking: You can park your car, motorcycle, van or motorhome for free in the Museum car parks which are situated on site. The venue also has overflow car parks for busy event days. There are designated car park spaces for disabled visitors near to the Museum entrance.

By Rail: The nearest main line station is Birmingham International which also serves Birmingham Airport, the NEC & the Museum. There is a taxi rank at the station with a journey time of less than 5 minutes to the Museum. See 

By Bus: The nearest convenient bus stops are situated at Birmingham International railway station or at Birmingham International airport. Both of these transport hubs which are only a very short taxi journey from the Museum. See


Bookings for the IOG Industry Awards dinner are closed! 

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

Booking form

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

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DLF Trifolium is the world’s largest breeder, producer and distributor of grass seed with subsidiaries in every major turf market. DLF focuses closely on the demands of customers and are working continually to improve the quality and performance of all varieties. To meet market expectations these varieties are tested through a worldwide trialing network for adaptation to different climatic and environmental conditions. 

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Today, Tarkett Sports continues to lead the sports grass industry, having its stitched reinforced technology, GrassMaster and another, faster technology, called PlayMaster, a carpet-based hybrid grass system that ensures an instant playability. With PlayMaster, Tarkett Sports is dedicated to upholding the same high standards of quality performance for stadiums and training grounds today as it has been for years with GrassMaster.

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Headquartered in White Plains, NY, Growth Products has been a pioneer in environmentally-friendly bio-innovations, technically-advanced liquid fertilizers, micronutrients and effective biological control products designed for agriculture, horticulture and turf care for over 30 years. The Growth Products’ focus is the development, manufacturing and marketing of highly effective products that have both soft-chemistries and bio-enhancements for better crop health and yield, and soil remediation. Growth Products has its own sales force with both domestic and international distribution, in over 40 countries around the world.

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In 1837, blacksmith and inventor John Deere had little more than a blacksmith shop, a piece of discarded polished steel and an idea that would help farmers change the face of agriculture for all time. Today John Deere supplies equipment to many organisations in horseracing, including Arena Racing Company, Jockey Club Estates and Jockey Club Racecourses. The company is delighted to support the IOG and the Awards, recognising the key role that groundsmen play.

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The UK’s only dedicated sports turf seed range, combining market leading cultivars and innovative seed coating technology. For more than 190 years, Johnsons Sports Seed mixtures have been helping to produce quality sports turf with an unequalled reputation for technical excellence, performance and seed quality, reflecting the standards set by the people who use them - men and women who lead the way in sports turf management.

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Kubota is one of the world's leading manufacturers of tractor and groundcare equipment. Its complete groundcare range includes the G, GR, Walk behind, STW, B50 and the Grand L Series models.  Kubota is celebrated the world over for its product quality, reliability, robustness, excellent after-sales service and superb dealer network. Its product range is supported by value-added packages including competitive Kubota Finance, Extended Warranty and Kubota Care.

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Mansfield Sand is a privately-owned Nottinghamshire-based company, which has been established for more than 150 years. It has been a pioneer in the development of high-quality fibre reinforced, sand-based products for use in some of the world’s leading football clubs, championship golf courses and equestrian arenas. Products include Fibresand and Fibrelastic, both of which have been used at top international pitches, training grounds and all-weather riding facilities.

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The CubCadet INFINICUT® is a true 21st century mower. Whilst most cylinder mowers owe their design to 40 year old ideas the INFINICUT® has been conceived with today’s requirements in mind.  It comes in 21”, 22”, 26”, 30” and 34” variants all having a unique floating head mechanism to constantly spread the weight of the machine evenly. They can also switch from hybrid power over to pure battery power where massive amounts of savings can be made in a fuel bill.

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Ransomes has produced mowers for fine turf since Edwin Budding released the patent for his remarkable invention back in 1832. To this day, over 180 years later, the company is still manufacturing Britishmade mowers at its European headquarters in Ipswich. Ransomes are employed at major sporting events around the globe and if there’s a major global sporting event anywhere in the world, then Ransomes probably have a presence.

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Redexim Charterhouse is renowned for manufacturing high-quality innovative sports turf machinery for both natural and synthetic turf. Its range of machines has grown steadily over the past 30 years of trade in the UK and Irish markets into the extensive range it has on offer today. Whether it is the simplest of drag brushes for synthetic turf or the largest of Verti-Drains for natural turf, it has the solutions to your machinery requirements. 

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Rigby Taylor is a major UK investor in innovative product development and industry support initiatives that assist in the development and improvement of sports surfaces. At both professional and grassroots level, the company provides industry funding for education, training and sponsorship. Working closely with turf managers, agronomists, manufacturing professionals, industry associations and application specialists.

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SGL offers a complete pitch management system, for natural grass to grow in any stadium under any possible condition and playing schedule, whereby the natural grass experience for professional sports is preserved and pitch usage can be increased. Revolutionary technology and a unique approach and commitment ensure that the promised quality is always delivered. The SGL system has been implemented by many high-rated clubs and stadiums worldwide.

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SISGrass, the latest and most advanced re-enforced natural turf system, has been selected and installed this year at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, the host stadium for the 2018 World Cup Final. Developed by SIS Pitches, a world-leader in the design, manufacture, construction, installation and maintenance of sports surfaces, working with the biggest names in sport, SISGrass is the newest innovation. Recent installations include the iPro Stadium and St George’s Park.

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Top Green grass seed partnership provides new innovative seed mixtures that have been introduced to the industry, featuring top performing cultivars. Such mixtures contain the exciting tetraploid cultivars and place this seed partnership at the forefront of the industry by creating mixtures that reduce costs, establish more quickly, can cope with cold conditions, shade, drought and are more disease tolerant.

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Toro has been helping customers maintain sports venues, golf courses, amenity venues, public green spaces and commercial landscaping to the very highest of standards for over a century. Its UK distributor Reesink Turfcare supplies Toro machinery and irrigation to some of the country’s most iconic venues, from St Andrews Links and Manchester United Football Club, to the Kia Oval. Put simply, there’s never been a better time to invest in the very best.

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, call 01908 552987, or 07866 736597.