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01 Nov 2018
Leicester City, Warwickshire CCC and Leeds Rhinos among winners of 2018 IOG Awards

Groundscare teams at Leicester City Football Club, Warwickshire County Cricket Club and Leeds Rhinos rugby club are among the winners of the 2018 Institute of Groundsmanship’s (IOG) awards for groundskeeping.

The winners were announced at a sell-out awards gala last night at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole attended by 650 people.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the awards celebrate the achievements by volunteer and professional teams, as well as individuals at facilities ranging from grassroots to professional stadia level.

“Having this year suffered extreme weather conditions, with the winter’s ‘Beast from the East’ through to this summer’s unprecedented record heatwave, the climate has tested groundsmen to their limits," said IOG chief executive Geoff Webb.

“It has not been easy, yet we have seen how fantastic our profession is and this year’s awards had a fantastic array of nominees who have all achieved very high standards."

The full list of winners:

Professional Football Grounds Team or the Year
(From Premier League, Championship and Scottish Premier League)
Leicester City FC

Professional Football Grounds Team of the Year
(From English Leagues 1 & 2, National League, National League North/South, Scottish Championship & Leagues 1 & 2, Ireland & Wales Professional Leagues)
Rotherham United FC

Professional Cricket Grounds Team of the Year
Warwickshire CCC, Edgbaston

Professional Rugby Football League Grounds Team of the Year
Leeds Rhinos (Leeds Rugby)

Professional Rugby Football Union Grounds Team of the Year
Scottish RFU (BT Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh)

Most Promising Sports Turf Student of the Year
Matthew Skingle, Coventry City FC

Young Grounds Person of the Year
John Wright, Southampton FC

Sports Grounds Team/Person of the Year
Crowborough RFC, East Sussex

Community Sports Club Grounds Team/Person of the Year
Stanningley Sports & Amateur Rugby League Club, Leeds

Public Sector Sports Ground Team of the Year
Gavin Jones Ltd (Aspire Defence, Project Allenby/Connaught), Surrey.

Bowling Grounds Team/Person of the Year
Burleys (Crouch Bowling Club, East Sussex).

Best Managed Artificial Surface of the Year
Scotstoun Stadium, Glasgow.

Environmental and Ecology Strategy Award
Forest Green Rovers FC, Gloucestershire.

Professional Multi-Sports Ground/Facility Team of the Year
Bath Recreation Ground.

University/College Grounds Team of the Year
University of Leicester.

Independent School Grounds Team of the Year
St Joseph’s College, Ipswich

International Ambassador of the Year
Jonathan Calderwood, Paris Saint-Germain FC.

Professional Tennis Courts Grounds Team/Person of the Year
Devonshire Park, Eastbourne

Professional Horse Racing Grounds Team of the Year
Lingfield Park Racecourse, Surrey

Alex R Millar Award – chosen from the outstanding winner across all award categories
Gary Barwell, Warwickshire CCC.

Lifetime/Outstanding Achievement Award
Peter Dury

IOG Outstanding Achievement Awards
Carl Pass and Steve Prinn


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16 Jan 2019
Feliciano-Chon, Soma named co-chairs of 2019 GWS
The Global Wellness Summit (GWS) has named Catherine Feliciano-Chon – a leading brand development and communications expert with offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai – and Tokyo-based spa/wellness investor and entrepreneur Yoriko Soma to co-chair the 2019 Summit, which is set to take place 15-17 October a the Grand Hyatt Hong Kong.
14 Jan 2019
Bids are in for 2026 Winter Olympic Games – Stockholm and Milan to contest two-horse race
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has received official submission from two bid teams for the 2026 Olympic Winter Games.
10 Jan 2019
Former Questex employees launch new hosted buyer event
Monica Helmstetter and Lucy Hugo, formerly of Questex Media, have announced the launch of a new event company this week, We Work Well Inc, which they describe as “the next generation of hosted buyer events”.
20 Dec 2018
ActiveLab attracts record number of international applications
A record number of international startups have entered the ActiveLab accelerator programme – strengthening the UK's reputation as a fitness tech hub.
17 Dec 2018
US to have professional T20 cricket competition 'by 2021'
USA Cricket plans to set up a professional T20 cricket league in the country by 2021.
12 Dec 2018
FIBO and Leisure Media announce collaboration
FIBO Global Fitness, organiser of the FIBO portfolio of fitness shows, has announced a partnership with global publisher, Leisure Media.
11 Dec 2018
Sector leaders call for 'preventative health push' to get people more active
Physical activity sector leaders, parliamentarians and leading figures in health and business have called for the strengthening of preventative health measures in the UK.
05 Dec 2018
Inaugural FIBO USA kicks off in Florida, challenging IHRSA Convention
The first ever FIBO USA kicks off in Orlando, Florida today (5 December 2018), directly challenging the established IHRSA International Convention and Trade Show.
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