The 2016 IOG Industry Awards

Now in its eighth year, the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) annual Industry Awards took place at the National Conference Centre.
The awards ceremony celebrated the quality standards of groundscare achieved in public and private sports venues, and highlighted the progress of young/student grounds professionals as well as entrants’ environmental considerations.
The winners of the 2016 IOG Industry Awards:
SGL Professional Football Grounds Team of the Year – Tottenham Hotspur FC
Headland Amenity Professional Cricket Grounds Team of the Year – Essex County Cricket Club
John Deere Professional Horse Racing Grounds Team of the Year – Huntingdon Racecourse, Cambridgeshire
Desso Professional Rugby Football Union Grounds Team of the Year – Ricoh Arena (Wasps) Coventry
Mansfield Sand Professional Rugby Football League Grounds Team of the Year – Leeds Rhinos (Leeds Rugby)

Professional Tennis Grounds Team of the Year – All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon
National Governing Bodies’ Professional Sports Ground of the Year – Wembley Stadium
Rigby Taylor/Top Green Young Groundsman of the Year – Lewis Pattinson, Leeds Rugby
Toro Most Promising Sports Turf Student of the Year – Katie Croft, Manchester City FC
SISGrass Unsung Hero of the Year – Paul Roberts, Grayshott Cricket Club, Hampshire
Ransomes Environmental Project/Innovation of the Year – St George’s Park, Burton upon Trent, Staffs
STIHL Contractor of the Year – Premier Pitches, Sheffield
Best Maintained Artificial Pitch of the Year – University of Nottingham
Countrywide Turf & Amenity Independent School/University/Sports Ground Team of the Year – The Hurlingham Club, Londo
Bowling Green Groundsman/Team of the Year – Burnham Hillside Bowls Club, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex
Trimax International Ambassador of the Year – Stuart Wilson, Croke Park, Dublin
National Governing Bodies’ Grassroots Sports Ground Team of the Year – Rugby Town Junior FC, Rugby
Redexim Charterhouse/Kubota Volunteer Groundsman of the Year – Lee Watson, Clay Cross Town FC, Derbyshire
Alex R Millar DLF Johnsons/Ransomes Groundsman of the Year – Neil Stubley, All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon
Souters Sports Lifetime Achievement Award – Nico van Vuuren, Stadium Grow Lighting, Holland
With headline sponsorship by Rigby Taylor and Top Green, the 2016 IOG Industry Awards are also sponsored by the AELTC, Countrywide, Desso, DLF, ECB, The FA, Headland Amenity, John Deere, Johnsons Seeds, Kubota, the LTA, Mansfield Sand, the Premier League, the RFL, the RFU, Ransomes, Redexim Charterhouse, SGL, SISGrass, Souters Sports, Sport England, STIHL, Toro and Trimax.

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