The Awards recognise the important contribution by volunteer and professional groundscare staff to the sustainability of British sport and best-practice groundscare across a multitude of disciplines and technologies.
With categories embracing sport, grass roots, young people and the environment, a wide range of companies and organisations have so far pledged their support:
In addition, sports governing bodies including the ECB, the Football Association, the Lawn Tennis Association, Rugby Football League and Sport England are all supporting the Spectator Sports Ground of the Year Award.
Hosted by talkSPORT Radio presenter Mark Saggers, the IOG Industry Awards will be presented Oscar-style in front of a packed audience, who will then be addressed by former professional cricketer and now Chairman of the ECB Selectors, Geoff Miller.
After 20 years in professional cricket with Derbyshire, Essex, Natal and England – including 34 Test matches, 25 one-day Internationals and seven overseas tours – Geoff’s entertaining repertoire includes a host of hilarious anecdotes and stories about himself and his cricketing colleagues.
The audience is promised a presentation that, according to Geoff, “will be equally as stimulating as when I faced Michael Holding and Dennis Lillee, or bowling at Viv Richards and Ian Botham – who I roomed with on tour for five years!”
Visit www.iogawards.com for full information.