Staffordshire Grounds Team Nominated For Prestigious IOG Award

On Wednesday 30 October 2019, the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Industry Awards will be taking place at the NEC in Birmingham

The industry’s biggest celebratory event – hosted this year by the BBC’s Dan Walker – has continually grown in status for acknowledging the achievements of volunteer and professional grounds teams, as well as community clubs and national stadia.

ImageThe awards – now in their 11th year – recognise the passion, dedication and challenges faced by grounds staff at clubs of every size and from all corners of the UK.

Staffordshire FA were delighted to receive the news that a grassroots football organisation in Staffordshire has been nominated for one of the prestigious IOG awards. 

The Grounds Team at Trubshaw Cross in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent – led by Andy Salt – have been nominated for the IOG Volunteer Sports Grounds Team/Individual award.

Since taking on the running of the large 10-pitch site from Stoke-on-Trent City Council in 2015, Andy and his fellow volunteers have fully embraced the Staffordshire FA Pitch Improvement Programme – a programme aimed at improving grassroots football pitches across Staffordshire, by providing volunteers with expert advice, guidance, knowledge and funding – to help maintain their grass pitches to the best possible standard.

In addition to the award nomination, a case study of the fantastic work which has taken place at Trubshaw Cross in recent years, has also been produced for distribution at the IOG’s two-day SALTEX show at the NEC next week ( ).

To view the case study and read more about the work which has taken place at Trubshaw Cross to improve the playing surfaces at the multi-pitch site, please CLICK HERE

We wish Andy and his team all the very best at the IOG Industry Awards next week and congratulate them on being nominated for such a prestigious award. 

For further information on the Staffordshire FA Pitch Improvement Programme, please contact Gareth Thomas at or on 07815 295723.