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Celebrities gather to celebrate IOG industry awards


This year’s sell-out Institute of Ground­smanship (IOG) Industry Awards will be a star-studded event with a host of sporting dignitaries, broadcasters and celebrities in attendance as well as hundreds of groundsmen and women from throughout the UK and Europe’s volunteer and professional groundscare industry.

Hosted by talkSPORT radio presenter Mark Saggers, the awards will be presented in front of the 800-strong audience not only by repre­sen­ta­tives from the category sponsors but also by, for example:

  • Mark Clemmit – broadcaster and features reporter for the BBC’s The Football League Show
  • Ex-Arsenal, Colchester United and Southampton footballer Perry Groves
  • Actor Dean Andrews, who has starred in TV productions such as Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes.

In addition, after-dinner enter­ta­inment is being provided by Kev Orkian who has performed at some of the UK’s most well-respected comedy venues, and private functions for the royal families of Oman, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, as well as the 89th birthday celebrations for Prince Phillip.

The 2017 IOG Industry Awards – being held at The National Conference Centre, within the National Motorcycle Museum, on Wednesday 1 November, the evening of the opening day of the SALTEX exhibition at the Birmingham NEC – enjoy headline sponsorship by Rigby Taylor and Top Green, and are also sponsored by the AELTC, CubCadet Infinicut, DLF, ECB, The FA, GrassMaster, Growth Products, Headland Amenity, John Deere, Johnsons Seeds, Kubota, the LTA, Mansfield Sand, the Premier League, Ransomes, Redexim Charter­house, the RFL, the RFU, Rigby Taylor, SGL, SISGrass, Toro and Top Green.

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