LJN Blog Posts

PRO Supplier

SALTEX College Cup Winners to Work at Wembley

The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) has announced that the winning students of SALTEX 2016’s new College Cup Competition will be given an opportunity to be volunteer groundsmen for the 2017 FA Cup final pitch preparation at Wembley Stadium.

The SALTEX College Cup, sponsored by Ransomes, is a new national student-led academic test of turf management knowledge. The winning team will not only get their hands on the SALTEX College Cup, but a ‘big’ cheque, cash prize and work experience at Wembley Stadium in the run up to next year’s 2017 FA Cup and FA Trophy tournaments. This fantastic prize, which also includes two night’s accommodation near the stadium, was kindly organised by Alan Ferguson, FA group head of grounds and estates at St George’s Park, who believes that it will prove to be a highly valuable experience for the winning team.

“I see the opportunity for the winners of the SALTEX College Cup to work through a cup final weekend with the Wembley team as a once in a lifetime prize. The unique opportunity to see the Wembley pitch prepared meticulously for the final of the world’s greatest cup competition viewed by millions around the world is special. Within hours of the cup winners going off the pitch, the grounds team are turning the pitch around for the games the next day - demonstrating the challenges of what a stadium team have to deal with. The pressures the guys work under and the volume of what is expected is eye opening.

“I believe the professional game should work at every opportunity with young grounds people to make this type of opportunity available as a learning tool and we welcome the chance to be the first to do so,” says Alan.

The SALTEX College Cup competition will commence on the morning of the 2 November – the first day of SALTEX – in a conference room close to the exhibition halls. In teams of four, the students will embark on a two-hour competition consisting of paper-based multiple choice and short answer questions on turf management, plus a case study which will require a more in-depth written answer. The competition will also include live test samples for the physical identification of threats to turf health. Dan Prest, IOG learning manager and coordinator, who along with IOG head of learning Chris Gray, renowned turf consultant Alex Vickers and MD of the Turf Disease Centre Kate Entwistle are combining their expertise in putting the questions together.

The SALTEX College Cup is yet another prime example of the IOG’s dedication towards developing the future generation of the groundscare industry and CEO Geoff Webb is delighted to see others within the industry embracing the same philosophy.
Commenting on this exciting initiative, IOG CEO Geoff Webb says: “It's great to have Ransomes involved with the SALTEX College Cup, and now the staff at Wembley Stadium offering such a fantastic opportunity to the winners of this inaugural event. Initiatives like this simply demonstrate the good work carried out behind the scenes to create such an opportunity and credit for the initiative goes to Dan Prest who got the whole idea off the ground. We look forward to the competition adding to the already great mix of events at this year’s SALTEX”.

Karen Proctor, Ransomes’ marketing manager international, commented on the turf equipment manufacturer’s sponsorship of the SALTEX College Cup:

“We are delighted to be supporting this unique educational initiative, which is being introduced at SALTEX this year. Ransomes is always looking for opportunities to support the future of the turfgrass industry and we are extremely proud to be working in conjunction with the IOG to kick-start this initiative. It will provide an excellent platform for like-minded individuals at colleges across the UK to network and display their technical knowledge. Good luck to all the students taking part, the opportunity to win a once in a lifetime experience to prepare the Wembley pitch in the lead up to the final of a major competition is definitely an incentive to win!”

For more information, visit www.iogsaltex.com. College teams interested in competing should contact dprest@iog.org

Follow SALTEX on Twitter @IOG_SALTEX and Facebook – www.facebook.com/IOGSALTEX

You need to be a member of Landscape Juice Network to add comments!

Join Landscape Juice Network

Highlighted blog posts

Open forum activity

Mike Bradley’s photo was featured
Visual impression of new terrace development in Sketchup with render in Shaderlight.
7 hours ago
Alan Bardsley replied to Roy Bretton's discussion Why I Won't Be Using Yellow Pages!
"Not good at all took a what i was told was a top advert last Nov for landscape fencing ect. Very poor return for the money. I called them no help brick wall your in a contract etc... So i told them I would refuse to pay due to very very poor perform…"
8 hours ago
Jonathan Parker replied to Harry@VWGS's discussion Weibang Pro 48 BBC roller mower review.
"I use a 19" Cobra roller on my small gardens, would be too slow for you I imagine. I believe the new Hayter 41 PRO is fairly quick and around 40kg but is only a 16" cut. "
20 hours ago
Andrew Betteridge replied to Rob's discussion Trouble with lawnmower, or just bad time to cut grass?
"A comment to me today was, that mowers bought in boxes without a PDI at a dealership are often adjusted in the factory to run slower due to emissions, then when they finally get taken in for a service after a couple of seasons to the dealership the…"
23 hours ago
Scott H replied to Roy Bretton's discussion Why I Won't Be Using Yellow Pages!
"Yellow Pages used to be a great service.Back in 2006 to 2008 I was running an IT business and using the YP to pick up perhaps 50% of my work.
I moved on, YP shrunk to a almost a magazine size, and Yell.com became their main product. I found the YC s…"
MJC Garden Services liked MJC Garden Services's profile
Ian Kenyon replied to Roy Bretton's discussion Why I Won't Be Using Yellow Pages!
"id be intersted to learn about the directory listing for a one-off payment
Roy Bretton’s discussion was featured
Back in October, I had Yellow Pages contact me, as to regard advertising with them. The local representative gave me a call and was very helpful and I decided to take out a yell ad on yell.com with a link to my website and the "Connect package" that…
Ian Kenyon’s discussion was featured
Does anyone know any other manufacturers of pedestrian top-dressers sold in the UK please
Ben Carter replied to Rob's discussion Trouble with lawnmower, or just bad time to cut grass?
"I've done a couple of lawns this year but its still very wet, i've also bought a new mower which is heavier than my old one so that has marked the lawns, I would have left them until it dries a bit but the clients were desperate to get them cut.  In…"
Mark Heeley replied to Mark Heeley's discussion Hydro box oil change Etesia pro 53
"Hello Neal
Many thanks for your reply. As I don't have a vacuum pump, it looks like a visit to the dealership where it was bought. I thought that it would be more complicated than my Iseki SG and SXG to change the transmission oil. 
I see now why it…"
Neal Barker @ Etesia uk replied to Mark Heeley's discussion Hydro box oil change Etesia pro 53
"Hi Mark
the oil is sucked out using an oil vacume pump and then refill with HV46
you MUST ensure the area around the filler plug (highes hex head on the unit) is compleatly clear of any dust or dirt mecause this is an extreamly sensitive unit and th…"
Tony @SM replied to Tony @SM's discussion Turf versus Seed?
"Cheers John. I'm snowed off today and have prepared prices for both seeding and turfing. With labour, timed AM delivery etc. the turf is massively more expensive. Although this customer has never previously been price sensitive, I think the professi…"
Russell Cobley replied to Ian Kenyon's discussion Alternative to Bannerman Top-dresser
"Good question Ian and one I have been pondering recently too - just busy with other things. Be interersted to see what may come up.
I know there is a Sisis truspred and this wheel barrow type machine Harvester Top Dresser.
Both larger/more cumbersom…"
Mark replied to Ian Kenyon's discussion Alternative to Bannerman Top-dresser
"Powered or push? What's your budget?"
John Powley replied to Harry@VWGS's discussion Weibang Pro 48 BBC roller mower review.
"The 56 pro I bought just keeps plodding along happily, couple of daft little quirks on it that I shouldn't let bug me but they don't affect it's performance.
Quality of cut etc never waivers and it stands up well to lots of use, on and off trailers…"