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 interviewed Leif Bjørn, Security Manager at Telia Parken. Together with his colleagues, Leif has the overall responsibility regarding safety and access control at the venue. Telia Parken is one of the host venues of our Safety & Security Workshop on 13 and 14 November.

Christian van Ginneke will take part in ESSMA’s Development & Construction Workshop to elaborate the multifunctional FC Groningen training site project. He is the client representative and project manager of Euroborg NV for the Elite Sports Training & Health Centre for FC Groningen (Dutch Premier League). Euroborg NV is the owner of both the stadium and training site and they lease the facilities to FC Groningen.

ESSMA interviewed Paul Baas, Field Manager at Amsterdam ArenA and responsible for the pitch since the 2016/2017 season, about the daily operations and how they manage the pitch. Amsterdam ArenA is the host venue of our Pitch Management Workshop taking place on 17 and 18 April.

Yasser Al Mulla is Landscape & Sport Turf Management Senior Manager at the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy. He will be one of the seminar speakers during the ESSMA Summit 2018 and will take part in two seminars on Day 2. In the morning session he will participate in the Pitch Management Seminar where the main focus will be on Turf Development Projects. In the afternoon session, Yassel Al Mulla will update participants about the Stadium Progress of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar during the Stadium Development II Seminar.

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