“Winning the IOG Industry Awards has certainly raised the grounds teams’ profile among club management and coaching staff,” says Manchester City FC’s Grounds Manager Roy Rigby. “Importantly, the Awards have also attracted much praise within MCFC for the positive attitude and teamwork we continuously show in maintaining top-class playing surfaces both at the Eithad Stadium and at our Carrington training base.
“For these reasons alone – in addition to the kudos the Awards have generated for us within the groundscare sector – I would urge everyone involved in the industry to stand up and be recognised for their efforts by entering this year’s competition.”
Reflecting on his grounds team’s success as last year’s winner of the IOG Awards for Professional Sports Ground Management Team of the Year and for Professional Football Training Ground Team of the Year, Roy continues:
“The Awards demonstrated to the club just how skilled this team is – working together as a unit with a very positive attitude, from Lee Jackson and colleagues at the stadium through to Lee Metcalfe and his team at Carrington. Indeed, the club’s Chief Infrastructure Officer, Jon Stemp, made sure every department of MCFC knew of his praise of the groundstaff!
“But our expectations are high, of course, and there’s no resting on our laurels. The management and the players – indeed, everyone at the club, including the ground team itself – expects to maintain the same high standards going forwards.”
Visit www.iogawards.com to view the easy-to-enter categories of this year’s IOG Industry Awards, being held at York Racecourse on December 6.