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Agenda detailed for IOG Industry Conference
June 28, 2011

Some of the biggest names - and personalities - from the world of groundscare both in the UK and the USA will take to the stage at this year's IOG 'Building Skills, Transforming Grounds' Sports Turf Conference being held at Bolton's Reebok Stadium on Thursday December 1, preceding the prestigious IOG Industry Awards presentations.

Just confirmed as part of the programme of not-to-be-missed Conference sessions, the schedule includes an exclusive presentation by Eddie Seaward and Neil Stubley, Head Groundsman and Head Groundsman Designate, respectively, at the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Their enthralling 'SW19 and the Olympics - The Fifth Grand Slam' session will discuss the trials and tribulations of staging an Olympic event.

Then there's the 'Four seasons rugby' presentation - hear how Rugby League is set to transform the sport and the plans for enhancing playing surfaces. Life as a groundsman at an independent college will also be covered - by the intriguing 'Going back to school' session by Dave Roberts, Head Groundsman at Charterhouse School.

The 'Prospects, pay and rewards' in groundscare 'turf 'n' omics' presentation by consultant Steve Pheasant will no doubt strike a chord with everyone in the industry - while the descriptive 'Year in the Life of a Volunteer' session by IOG Award winner Andy Spetch of Bury St Edmunds RFC will reveal exactly what life is like at grassroots level.

Switching attention to the activities of trans-Atlantic groundscare, the 'How to win the Superbowl' presentation by the Green Bay Packers' (Insert speaker name) is another not-to-be-missed session.

Combined with a study tour of the Reebok - the home of Bolton Wanderers FC - Grounds Manager Richard Norton will also discuss 'A day in my life leading up to a Premier league fixture'.

The day's schedule will also include IOG Advice Centres/Clinics focusing on pesticides, for example.

To add to the value-for-money event - which will be 'hosted' by leading sports presenter Mark Saggers of talkSPORT Radio and followed in the evening by the IOG Industry Awards - delegates will also have the opportunity, on Wednesday November 30, to tour Bolton Wanderers FC's extensive training grounds.

For details of programme content - including the addition of more exciting presentations - and the attractive delegate package deals, visit

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