BIGGA has officially rebranded the third week in January as “Harrogate Week”. The decision was taken to provide an umbrella title for the vast number of events which occur during the busiest six days of the year. Two exhibitions – BTME and ClubHouse; the Continue to Learn education programme; R&A Seminar, AGM, and numerous fringe events, together with the fact that the North Yorkshire town is synonymous with BIGGA meant that naming it “Harrogate Week” seemed the natural option.
The Continue to Learn education programme has more than doubles the educational opportunities on offer than ever before. Over 120 hours of education is available for industry professionals at every stage of their careers on a wide range of topics.
The programme, supported by The GTC, is aimed at greenkeepers, groundsmen, supervisors, course managers, secretaries, club managers, golf club officials and others working in the fine turf industry and will include two-day workshops, one-day workshops, half-day workshops and seminars.
The Association of Golf Club Secretaries and the English Golf Union, working together with BIGGA, will present a full day of seminars aimed at golf club managers, golf club secretaries, golf club officials and golf course managers.
The R&A will work together with BIGGA, to present a much anticipated session on Maintaining the Sustainable Golf Course.
A Fringe Seminar programme will also feature presentations from exhibitors at the BTME & ClubHouse exhibition.
With an inspirational keynote speaker, explorer and adventurer and the man behind the Operation Raleigh project, Colonel John Blashford Snell; the presentation of the BIGGA Golf Environment Awards and the introduction of new Master Greenkeepers, the Continue to Learn Programme will give many much food for thought.
Harrogate Week runs from Sunday January 21 – Friday January 27, 2006. Full details of the 2006 Continue to Learn programme are now available at www.harrogateweek.org.uk.