IOG Young Groundsman's Conference To Highlight Groundcare Opportunities

Chris Wood, ECB pitches consultant, is one of the panellists at the IOG Young Groundsmen's Conference at SALTEX
Chris Wood, ECB pitches consultant, is one of the panellists at the IOG Young Groundsmen's Conference at SALTEX
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This year's IOG SALTEX (Sports Amenity & Landscape Turf Exhibition) at Windsor Racecourse will see the IOG Young Groundsman's Conference make its first appearance.

The conference is a brand new initiative aimed at giving young people more information about the multitude of careers available to them in groundcare, as well as the benefits of such a career path.


SALTEX (, the Sports Amenities Landscaping Trade Exhibition organised by the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) and managed by Brintex Events, will be held on 2-4 September 2014 at Windsor Racecourse, Berks.

Founded in 1938, the exhibition is attended by open space professionals and volunteers who design, construct, manage and maintain the UK's outdoor facilities - from sports grounds of every type to motorway service stations, and from stately homes to local council parks and schools.

They visit SALTEX to meet suppliers of the machinery, tools, vehicles, turf, soils, seeds, aggregates, artificial or natural surfaces, playgrounds, landscaping equipment, street furniture, arboriculture, horticulture, safety, security, training and education services designed to help them do their jobs as effectively as possible.

It will also bring head groundsmen up to date on how best to attract young people into the industry by, for example, offering advice on apprenticeships.

Groundcare professionals from high profile international venues will be on hand to pass on knowledge to youngsters interested while younger people will also be there to pass on their experiences of working in the industry.

The event will be held from 1pm to 3pm on 2nd September on the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Live Stage in the centre of the SALTEX showground.

It will be chaired by 28-year-old John Lewidge, head groundsman at Leicester City Football Club while Keith Kent (Rugby Football Union), Chris Wood (England & Wales Cricket Board) and Neil Stubley (All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club) will be taking part in a Q & A session.

Then, IOG represenatives Geoff Webb (CEO), Jason Booth (national manager), Chris Gray (head of education) and Gary Armstrong (trainer/assessor) will also take questions before Ryan Golding, head groundsman at Leeds Rugby, takes to the stage.

Golding, 27, will give first-hand advice on his own journey to become head groundsman at one of the country's leading rugby stadia.

The IOG Young Board of Directors have programmed the event and they will also be available for a Q & A session.

The Young Board of Directors is a group of young groundsmen who are 'spreading the industry word' i schools, colleges and public events.

© Cricket World 2014