Free-to-attend educational seminars to help groundscare staff gain advice associated with sports turf maintenance have proved a success.
Run by Dennis and SISIS, leading players in the maintenance of sports and amenity turf and artificial playing surfaces, the team have completed another season of insightful seminars, which welcomed over 500 attendees at venues across the UK.
High quality speakers and interesting subjects ensured these sessions have a reputation as ‘must-attend’ events with groundstaff travelling considerable distances attend.
Dennis and SISIS continue to evolve the seminars with the people of the industry in mind. This year they launched a multi-sport groundcare seminar, featuring a number of high quality speakers discussing subjects such as renovations, sports-turf construction, drainage, winter sports pitches and the future of groundcare maintenance.
This new event took place at St. Albans School, Woollam Trust Playing Fields where an incredible 220 delegates attended. It attracted grounds staff from across UK, both volunteers and professionals representing schools, sports clubs, local authorities and contractors.
One attendee, Nick Lockhart, cricket professional and head of grounds and gardens at Felsted School in Essex, suggests that the Dennis and SISIS seminars are essential for anyone who wants to take their sports surfaces to the next level.
“It has been thoroughly enjoyable, informative and thought provoking,” he says. “I would go as far as saying that it is a must-attend event for people in this industry. It has been incredibly interesting listening to all of the speakers who have all raised great points that we can take away with us and put into practice. Speakers aside, the networking opportunities are also important because it gives us a chance to speak to other delegates, find out what they might be doing differently to us and hopefully learn from them too.”
The ever popular Dennis and SISIS bowls seminars, credited for improving the greens at numerous bowls clubs throughout the country, offers tips on topics such as early spring maintenance of bowling greens, grant funding support, and choosing the correct grass seed, chemicals and fertilizers.
Kev Brazier, a contract greenkeeper working in partnership with Harpenden Bowls Club, attended a seminar at the Herts Bowling Club in Watford. He felt if offered a great opportunity to enhance his greenkeeping knowledge.
“It was an excellent and really informative seminar,” he says. “The speakers had great knowledge and they presented it in a way in which everyone could understand. It was great for networking and there was a broad range of subjects. They were all incredibly relevant and I took a lot away from seminar.”
As well as hosting their own events, Dennis and SISIS are committed to supporting sports turf education wherever possible and this year they also offered their expertise at eight Rugby Football Union (RFU) Pitch Maintenance seminars.