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IOG industry award winners

The packed Oscar-style ceremony at Bolton’s Reebok Stadium, home of Bolton Wanderers FC, recognised leadership, innovation and outstanding achievement across every aspect of groundscare – from grassroots pitches to professional stadia, including all types of public and private sports venues, and it highlighted the progress of young/student grounds professionals as well as product innovation.

Hosted by talkSPORT Radio’s Mark Saggers, the sell-out IOG Awards followed a day-long series of IOG Conference presentations by some of the biggest names in the industry from both sides of the Atlantic.

The winners of the 2011 IOG Industry Awards are:
Grass Roots Sports Ground of the Year – sponsored by Bayer Winner: Heaton Sports Club
Volunteer Sports Grounds Management Team of the Year Winner: Cleckheaton Sports Club, West Yorkshire
Volunteer Sports Groundsman of the Year – sponsored by Mark Harrod Ltd Winner: Keith Hughes, Menai Bridge
Public Sector Sports Ground of the Year Winner: Sunderland City Council
Public Sector Outdoor Facility of the Year  Winner: Stanley Park Sports Ground, Chippenham
Environmental Project of the Year – sponsored by Ransomes Jacobsen Winner: Ashton on Mersey Cricket Club,
Professional Football Training Ground Team of the Year – jointly sponsored by AFT Trenchers and Cleveland Land Services Winner: Manchester City FC
Best Maintained Artificial Pitch of the Year – jointly sponsored by Charterhouse Turf Machinery and Kubota Winner: Radley College, Oxfordshire
Innovation in Grounds Maintenance – sponsored by Sanli UK Winner: GreenMech, wood chipper
Most Promising Sports Turf Student of the Year – sponsored by Sherriff Amenity Winner: Adam Shoesmith, Myerscough College, Preston
Young Groundsman of the Year – sponsored by Rigby Taylor and Top Green Winner: Niall Hazelhurst, Bolton Wanderers FC
Independent Schools & Colleges Sports Ground of the Year Winner: Charterhouse School
Spectator Sports Ground of the Year – sponsored by the AELTC, ECB, the Football Association, Football Foundation, the Lawn Tennis Association, the Premier League, Rugby Football League, Rugby Football Union and Sport England Winner: York Racecourse
Professional Sports Grounds Management Team of the Year – jointly sponsored by Campey Turf Care Systems and Imants BV Winner: Manchester City FC
The Alex R Millar IOG Professional Football Groundsman of the Year – sponsored by British Sugar (Topsoil) and DLF/Johnsons Seed Winner: Antony Haywood, Chesterfield FC
The Groundsman’s Groundsman of the Year Winner: Les Gibbs, Glamorgan University
Lifetime Achievement Award – sponsored by Everris  Winner: Richard Campey, Managing Director, Campey Turf Care Systems

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