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STRI invitation to the ‘Future of Sportsturf Management’

8.06am 15th August 2011 - Management Topics

STRI Research 2011 is a new event being launched this year by STRI. The event is free, will be held annually and has been designed to give sportsturf managers an opportunity to see, firsthand, the innovative products, machinery and techniques that are being developed that will directly influence the world of sportsturf management over the coming years.

The one day event is being held on Wednesday, 21 September 2011 at STRI’s research facilities in Bingley, West Yorkshire. It will follow the successful format used at research events worldwide, which splits the research focus into separate demo areas, referred to as ‘stations’.

The event for 2011 is focusing on turf management for golf courses, with seven separate stations, giving an insight into new products and methodologies for disease and nutritional management, new grass varieties, aeration, overseeding and amendments, rootzone properties and the latest technology and machinery.

STRI is currently working with a number of companies on R&D sportsturf projects and has invited a selection of these companies to support the event, based on their focus on current research, and their investment to help improve the future quality and management of sportsturf. The companies attending this year’s event are Bayer, Everris (formerly Scotts), R&K Kensett, Ransomes Jacobsen, Syngenta, Becker Underwood and Sherriff Amenity.

Ruth Mann, who manages the research trials for STRI, commented: “We’re delighted to be able to offer this type of event which has been designed to offer knowledge and a direct insight into the current research we are managing at STRI and how this will help sportsturf managers to improve and sustain the quality of their turf. The format for the day is great as the attendees are split into small groups and rotated around the seven stations; this allows lots of interaction with individuals and time to answer any questions.”

The deadline for bookings for the STRI Research 2011 event is 31 August 2011 and STRI is expecting more than 120 attendees for the day. Invitations have been sent out to all golf clubs across the UK and Ireland.

“We’re expecting the event to be booked up very quickly and if demand for this type of event exceeds the maximum capacity we will look to hold more events in future years,” said Carolyn Beadsmoore, head of sales and marketing at STRI. “We’re hoping that greenkeepers and course managers will attend from all parts of the UK and Irelandand are offering a heavily discounted rate for B&B at local hotels for those needing to travel.”

Those interested in attending the event should contact the Sales & Marketing Team at STRI by calling 01274 565131 or emailing

STRI (previously Sports Turf Research Institute) clients include sports governing bodies, sports club owners and facilities managers, local authorities and schools. STRI is currently working with all nine Open Championship courses, The R&A, and over 800 annual golf club subscribers


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