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Artificial pitch turf on agenda for professional groundsmen

The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) has been named as a consultee by the Football League over the potential to change current League rules to allow artificial turf pitches to be used in the League. The IOG is keen to hear the views of all interested parties within the groundscare and turf care industry.

The announcement is contained on the BBC Sport website in the following link:

http://­www.­bbc.­co.­uk/­sport/­0/­football/­17064905

It is recommended that interested parties download/read the 32-page consultation document.  Individuals can also respond as a groundsman or as a fan.

“In order for the Football League to make informed decisions, it is essential to take into account the views of everyone likely to be affected by any potential move towards artificial pitches,” says IOG Chief Executive Geoff Webb. “The IOG is keen to pass on the opinions of its members and the industry as a whole – especially groundscare professionals involved in the maintenance of either/both artificial and natural turf surfaces, as well as all interested suppliers.”

The consultation period runs until May but submissions are requested prior to April 14, so all comments should be made by then (preferably by email) to Geoff Webb – ceo@iog.org

The IOG’s involvement in the ‘artificial surfaces debate’ follows a statement made in November 2011 which made clear the IOG’s concerns about the replacement of natural turf with artificial turf in professional sport, as well as Geoff Webb’s participation in a Sky Sports News special report entitled ‘Turf Wars’. Visit www.iog.org for more details.

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