Driven by the need to gain ideas on improving groundscare routines at Taunton Town FC’s Wordsworth Drive ground, Kevin Sturmey last year made his first ever visit to the annual IOG SALTEX open space management show and “not only found it very interesting to look at the machinery on display and being demonstrated but, as a result, I also booked a trial from one of the mower manufacturers”.
While the subsequent demo did not convert into a purchase for the football club chairman – “budget was (and remains) very tight due to the clubhouse being destroyed by fire just before IOG SALTEX 2011” – he says he will be attending this year’s show (Windsor Racecourse, September 4-6) to ensure he stays up-to-date with what’s available “so that we know what machinery to invest in when budgets allow (though we hope to buy a pedestrian mower within two years.)”
Kevin adds: “Just after IOG SALTEX our part-time Head Groundsman decided to step down so, as I had been assisting him for a few years, I appointed myself Head Groundsman, subject to my co-Directors’ approval, of course! They were quite happy, as I said I would do the job for free to save the wages we would normally pay.
“I am assisted by Chris Mayhew and, thanks to all the hard work, we have just been voted one of the top five pitches in the Evo-Stik Southern League.
“I am also the club’s full-time Chief Executive, so you could say my job and hobbies all revolve around Taunton Town FC.”
IOG SALTEX 2012 (www.iogsaltex.co.uk) will be held on September 4-6 at Windsor Racecourse, Berks, and will embrace fine turf and sports surfaces, turf maintenance equipment, children’s outdoor play and safety surfacing, landscaping, contractors, commercial vehicles, outdoor leisure and facilities management, as well as software and security equipment. The show is attended by open space management professionals and contractors – from groundsmen and greenkeepers through to play officers, architects, designers and surveyors as well as local authority and outdoor leisure facility managers.
For more information on the event please contact Jane Merriman, IOG SALTEX Marketing Director on 01347 833445 or email JMerriman@iog.org