Professional Groundscare

January 2017

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Product News EMAIL: 03 03 Product News The latest innovations and case studies Page 10-11 The largest-ever programme of education at a turf industry event in Europe has been unveiled by BIGGA. Continue to Learn at BTME 2017 will feature more than 250 hours of education with guest speakers such as Neil Cleverly, Superintendent of the Olympic Golf Course in Rio, and the Course Managers and Superintendents responsible for hosting the last four Ryder Cups. An integral part of the UK's largest festival of turf management, Continue to Learn encompasses events for Course Managers, Deputies and all levels of Greenkeepers. Workshops and sessions also cater for Golf Club Managers, Directors of Golf, Golf Club Owners and Committee Members, ensuring there is an education event for Dennis and SISIS will be holding their hugely popular cricket seminar on February 16 at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club. Groundsmen from all levels of cricket will be able to refresh their education on a variety of topics including spinning pitches, frustrations of a cricket groundsman, spring maintenance on a budget and pre-season in a marquee. The day will conclude with a Q&A session including five county head groundsmen. The impressive line-up of speakers also includes Chris Wood of the ECB. Dennis and SISIS have been joined by key partners within the groundscare industry including Boughton Loam, CricketWorld. com, Limagrain, Poweroll, The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) is recommending a 2.5 per cent increase in grounds staff's national minimum salary bands for 2017. This compares to a recommended two per cent increase for greenkeepers, made by the Committee for Golf Club Salaries. The suggested uplift - in salary bands across all grounds staff categories - refl ects the uncertain economic climate and higher than expected levels of infl ation, as well as the general level of pay settlements across the markets, says the IOG. But while the rise is unlikely to ensure that pay growth keeps pace with infl ation, it is of the same scale as the majority of recent awards (between median and upper quartile) and strikes the correct balance between affordability and a competitive market rate. Dennis and SISIS announce 2017 cricket seminar IOG promotes 2.5 per cent salary increase everyone working within the sports turf industry. More than 3,000 attendees are expected to descend upon the Harrogate International Centre and The Crown Hotel, Harrogate for the four-day series of events. Hosted by BBC presenter Naga Munchetty, a highlight of Continue to Learn and BTME will be a talk on The Ryder Cup – Past, Present and Future. The event will feature the Course Managers from Ryder Cup venues Celtic Manor (2010), Medinah (2012), Gleneagles (2014), Hazeltine (2016) and Le Golf National (2018). BIGGA Head of Member Development Sami Strutt said: "After nine months of detailed planning and consultation with BIGGA members, we are proud to announce the Stuart Canvas and local dealer Lister Wilder, ensuring that this event is not to be missed for anyone responsible for cricket pitch maintenance. Attendance to this informative seminar is free and seats are Based on independent industry- wide research, the IOG also suggests percentage extensions to each pay band – fi ve per cent for grounds managers, three per cent for head groundsmen and two per cent for all others - to not only allow for additional professional development and career progression, but also to bring parity with equivalent professions. The IOG call upon employers to ensure they meet their o b l i g a t i o n s i n t e r m s o f maintaining a healthy work- life balance and ensure fair payment for overtime worked – by agreement about the balance between overtime pay, time off in lieu or fl exible working. This is especially recommended in the current times of fi nancial restraint and economic uncertainty. IOG Enquiry 38 launch of the hotly-anticipated Continue to Learn at BTME 2017 education programme. "BIGGA takes great pride in being able to offer our members and other golf industry professionals access to the best educational opportunities possible, and so I am delighted that we are able to offer our best-ever programme of events. There really is something for everybody." BIGGA members can once again benefi t from seminar pre- booking and preferential rates for education events, which can be further reduced by purchasing a Booking Bundle. expected to be fi lled extremely fast. To register your interest please contact Roger Moore at Dennis & SISIS on 01332 824777 or email Roger on Dennis & SISIS Enquiry 37 Continue to Learn at BTME 2017 launches with largest-ever offering New events introduced this year following member feedback include: Dealing with Stress; Project Management; Introduction to Soil Microbiology; PA2 Refresher; Sustainable Grass for Golf; Greens Renovation; Irrigation design. Many other topics are also covered and can be found by accessing the full Continue to Learn brochure. Continue to Learn at BTME 2017 will take place at Harrogate International Centre and The Crown Hotel, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, from Sunday 15 to Wednesday 18 January 2017. Booking tickets for this year's event has been made even e a s i e r t h r o u g h B I G G A ' s partnership with the ticketing platform Eventbrite. A link to Eventbrite features on every BTME event page on the BTME and BIGGA websites. Meanwhile, Wrexham Golf Club's Acting Deputy Head Greenkeeper John Parry won BIGGA's annual photography competition ahead of the 2017 exhibition The photograph, taken on his Samsung Galaxy S2 smartphone, shows a silhouetted greenkeeper installing a hole on the club's 6th green at dawn one morning. BIGGA Enquiry 36 READER ENQUIRY 39 L a n d s c a p e & A m e n i t y January 2017 Taking a look at winter turf management, engine innovation and creating world class facilities. VERSATILITY – Available as a roller mower, combination mower and a finishing mower HIGH BLADE TIP SPEED – Superb cut quality, with even spread of clippings CONTOUR HUGGING – follows ground undulations with ease LOWER HORSE POWER REQUIREMENT – Suits tractors from 35hp T: 01264 345870 TRY IT FOR YOURSELF! CALL US TO BOOK YOUR FREE DEMO TODAY! CRX-180 LAPU0117. Wessex International is a trading name of Wessex International Machinery. Follow us on: SCAN TO SEE A DEMO MOVIE MANUFACTURING EXCELLENCE SINCE 1962 Technical Articles An in-depth look at industry issues Page 12-14 Aerators The latest turfcare solutions Page 15-16 Artifi cial Turf Maintenance A round-up of the synthetic sector Page 17-18 BTME 2017 A look ahead to BIGGA's main event Page 19-21

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