Visitors to this year's SALTEX (Sports Amenity & Landscape Trade Exhibition) have a unique opportunity to gather best-in-class sports turf management advice from world-leading and award-winning grounds professionals in the Institute of Groundsmanship's (IOG) Ask the Expert advice centre.  

The extensive team of industry experts in the IOG Hub at the heart of the SALTEX showground will include head groundsmen from Real Madrid, Twickenham, Wembley and Wimbledon, plus IOG Award winners.  

Also in attendance will be national manager Jason Booth and the eight regional pitch advisors from the Grounds and Natural Turf Improvement Programme, the new £1.3 million programme funded by national governing bodies of sports, Sport England and the IOG.

Adrian Kay, head groundsman at York Racecourse and winner in 2013 of the IOG John Deere Professional Horse Racing Groundsman of the Year and IOG Alex R Miller DLF/Johnsons Groundsman of the Year, will be available for one-to-one advice, plus Young IOG Board directors Will Graves and Iestyn John will advise younger visitors about career prospects and industry opportunities.  

The extensive list of world-leading grounds professionals taking part in the Ask the Expert advice service include:

  • Paul Burgess, head groundsman, Real Madrid FC
  • Darren Baldwin, grounds manager Tottenham Hotspur FC
  • Peter Craig, grounds manager, The Hurlingham Club 
  • Dan Duffy, head groundsman, Liberty Stadium
  • Keith Kent, head groundsman, Twickenham Stadium
  • Graham Kimpton,  head groundsman, The Queen's Club
  • John Ledwidge, head groundsman, Leicester City FC
  • David Roberts, grounds manager, Charterhouse School
  • Dougie Robertson, head groundsman, West Ham United FC
  • Tony Stones, head groundsman, Wembley
  • Neil Stubley, head groundsman, All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club (Wimbledon)
  • Chris Wood, ECB Pitches Consultant

The IOG award winners in attendance will be:
  • Steve Ascott, head groundsman, St Albans School and member of the 2103 IOG School, College or University Sports Club Grounds Team of the Year
  • Rob Bradshaw, head groundsman, One Leisure, winner of 2013 IOG Kubota/Redexim Charterhouse Best Maintained Artificial Pitch
  • Stephen Fidler, St James Independent Boys School, winner of 2013 IOG Toro School, College or University Sports Club Groundsman of the Year
  • Ryan Golding, head groundsman, Leeds Rugby and winner of 2013 IOG Rigby Taylor/Top Green Young Groundsman of the Year
  • Neil Harvey, 2012 Professional Tennis Groundsman of the Year
  • Rod Heyhoe, 2012 Volunteer Sports Groundsman of the Year
  • Mike Hitt, 2012 School, College, University Sports Club Groundsman of the Year
  • Susan Lawrence, 2012 Sherriff Amenity Most Promising Sportsturf Student of the Year
  • Ian Smith, St Albans School, and member of 2013 IOG School, College or University Sports Club Grounds Team of the Year
  • Andy Spetch, 2010 Volunteer Groundsman of the Year
  • Martin Stephenson, Ashbrooke Sports Club, 2013 Most Promising Sports Turf Student of the Year

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