ESSMA interviewed Zoltán Laczkó, Head Groundsman at Groupama Arena. Together with his team, he maintains a high-quality pitch all-year round.

ESSMA supported LNR (Ligue Nationale de Rugby) for the second year in a row with the organisation of a stadium tour for its clubs. During the three-day visit, over 25 French rugby club delegates visited several venues in Wales including Principality Stadium, Cardiff City Stadium, Liberty Stadium, Parc Y Scarlets and Ashton Gate Stadium.

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.

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