SALTEX College Cup 2018

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    The winning team will not only get their hands on the SALTEX College Cup, but a ‘big’ cheque, cash prize and work experience at a top world stadia. Show your interest - email Dan (

The student-led sports turf challenge

31 October 2018, NEC Birmingham

The SALTEX College Cup, sponsored by Ransomes, is a student-led sports turf challenge - an academic test of turf management knowledge for student competitors who are enrolled at a college on a relevant course of study. Being staged at SALTEX, on 31 October, at the NEC Birmingham, teams of up to four students will embark on a competition consisting of paper-based multiple choice and short answer questions concerning turf management, plus answer questions based on a case study in the form of a presentation. The competition will also include live test samples for the physical identification of threats to turf health. 

“It’s a prize that money can`t buy and something that will live long in the memory.” 
- CAFRE - SALTEX College Cup 2016 Winning team

What's the reason? 
It is the taking part that counts – not just the test. Together, the IOG, Ransomes, and industry supporters, are working to raise the awareness of academic rigour in turf management, whilst giving the participants a career enhancing experience. Why? Because education is key to raising the industry’s profile, status and standards. Plus, it’s important to recognise and highlight hard work. SALTEX is an excellent exhibition for people looking to forge a career within groundscare, and the College Cup is a fantastic way to reward those who are dedicated and passionate about the trade.

Who can enter? 
Each team should consist of 4 students, with their Interest Application Form sent to the IOG by Friday 24 February. The students must be studying or have studied in the academic year 2016/2017, or 2017/2018, a course that will allow them to pursue a career in Sportsturf Management being a Level 2-4 (1st year FdSc) UK qualification. In addition, equivalent international qualifications deemed suitable by the IOG. (A U.S. example of this would be a minimum of 1 person from Year 1 of a relevant Associates Degree and a maximum of 1 person from the first year of a relevant Bachelor’s Degree. All other participants must not have studied outside of these levels).

What's in it for me? 
The winning college will not only get their hands on the SALTEX College Cup, but will also receive a generous cheque for £500. In addition, each student within the victorious team will be awarded an Amazon voucher, and work experience at a top world stadia, plus more. The intention is for the participants to enjoy their day as much as possible, whilst still testing their knowledge. It is free for the colleges to participate. Competitors will also be issued with free food vouchers to use within the SALTEX halls for breakfast and lunch. 

If, as a tutor you feel you have a team of students that would like to take part please register your college before 14 July 2017. Email Dan (

The SALTEX College Cup made its debut at SALTEX 2016, in which a number of sports-turf students demonstrated excellent academic abilities. Students from the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), Askham Bryan, Writtle, Myerscough, and Capel Manor, embarked on the competition consisting of paper-based multiple choice and short answer questions on turf management, plus a case study which required a more in-depth written answer. 

Commenting on their success, Lead Tutor Paul Campbell from CAFRE said: “Winning the Competition has boosted morale of staff and students alike and given them confidence to enter this and other similar competitions in the future. Additionally, there has been a great amount of media interest locally with the groundsmen being the focus of attention rather than the professional sports personalities they service. There is no question CAFRE will be back next year to defend the title – the list of volunteers to take part is growing daily!” 

The Ransomes brand has been a constant in the turfcare sector since 1832, when the world’s first lawn mower, designed by Edwin Budding, was built at the Ipswich plant. Today, it is the leading brand for mowing grass in the municipal and landscape contracting sectors in the UK. The brand is internationally recognised and Ransomes equipment maintains the turf in many royal palaces, public gardens and major sporting stadia around the world.

 “We are delighted to be sponsoring the inaugural SALTEX College Cup. As a company, we are always looking for opportunities to support different initiatives and we believe that investing in education and professional development is essential to the future of the turf industry. SALTEX is an excellent exhibition for people looking to forge a career within groundscare, and the introduction of the College Cup will be a fantastic way to reward those who are passionate about the trade.” - Karen Proctor, Ransomes Marketing and Communications Manager

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