Earlier this year, ESSMA interviewed Tony Stones, Head Groundsman at Stade de France. Together with three colleagues, he is in charge of the Stade de France pitch and the untroubled transition between football, rugby and non-pitch events.

ESSMA is pleased to announce Novarea as new Corporate Partner. Novarea is an independent testing laboratory and engineering office specialised in landscaping, environmental studies related to soil and water and all sport surfaces, both indoor and outdoor.

During the ESSMA Pitch Management Workshop at Leicester FC’s King Power Stadium earlier this year, Reece Watson, Head Groundsman of Arsenal F.C. explained several topics on tools and technologies employed at the club.

Ask ESSMA, our Strategic Support service, has been created in order to further stimulate the use of the ESSMA network. Individual questions of ESSMA members regarding any aspect of stadium management will be transferred to our industry experts, resulting in an in-depth answer on your inquiry.

The Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI), an ESSMA Stadium Partner, organised its annual research meeting on 20-21 September, at the STRI Headquarters in Bingley (United Kingdom). The event was open for all ESSMA members, with specific attention to our group of pitch professionals, including the Groundsmen of Twickenham Stoop and Leicester City FC, as well as Pitch Partners such as Tarkett Hybrid Grass and Campey-Imants.