The Institute of Groundsmanship Industry Awards 2011 was held at the Reebok Stadium last night with an array of talent present from the world of sport. The event was hosted by talksport radio’s Mark Saggers and over 300 of the UK’s and Europe’s leading groundscare experts from both the professional and volunteer sector were present at the awards dinner in Bolton.
Rigby Taylor kindly sponsored the Young Groundsmen of the Year Award that was won by Niall Hazelhurst from Bolton Wanderers FC. The award was presented by Regional Sales Director Phil Dewhurst.
The packed Oscar-style ceremony 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. A key element highlighted the progress of young/student grounds professionals as well as product development.