Dan Sparks - Head Groundsman at Ashton Gate Stadium - focused on the multifunctional use of the Ashton Gate Stadium and the challenges for the grounds team during ESSMA’s Pitch Management Workshop.

St George’s Park was selected as the perfect host for the 2019 ESSMA Pitch Management Workshop because of their excellent reputation in the field of pitch management. As well as their remarkable business plan which sees the amenities being shared between professional sports teams and commercial guests, thereby ensuring year-round use of the facilities. Scott Brooks - Head Groundsman of St George’s Park - explained how they manage to balance the commercial use and use by professional sports teams while guaranteeing a high quality for all pitches on the premises. 

ESSMA interviewed, Scott Brooks - Head Groundsman at St George’s Park - about the daily pitch operations at the Football Association's National Football Centre. Delegates of our Pitch Management Workshop on 20 and 21 August will have the opportunity to visit the facilities during a two-day tour.

ESSMA Corporate Partner SGL organised a showcase on 3 July at Brøndby Stadium. The event focused on economical grass management, with grow lighting systems in particular. In total, around 30 pitch professionals gathered to discuss and exchange information linked to pitch management. During the showcase both SGL and users of their grow lighting systems shared insights on the possibilities and opportunities for growing a high-quality pitch at the lowest possible costs.

During the last home match of the 2018/19 season, Standard de Liège wanted to send out a strong message towards its fans in regards to ‘say no to racism’.  Prior to the match against Club Brugge, ESSMA interviewed Sascha Feytons - Infrastructure Director - about the process of implementing the message and why they collaborated with ESSMA Stadium Partner, AirPrint.

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