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2016 Winners

Industry Awards celebrate the very best in UK groundsmanship

More than 640 of the UK’s and Europe’s leading groundscare experts from both the professional and volunteer sector, as well as dignitaries from the governing bodies of sport and influential sports administrators, have honoured the expertise, dedication and passion of the country’s grounds profession at the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) annual Industry Awards.

Now in its eighth year, the sell-out event at the National Conference Centre, within the National Motorcycle Museum and hosted by talkSPORT radio presenter Mark Saggers, recognised leadership, innovation and outstanding achievement across every aspect of groundscare – from grassroots pitches to professional stadia.

The prestigious awards ceremony also 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 are:

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, London

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





2016 Highlights

Click on the image to watch the 2016 IOG Industry Awards event highlights