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STRI on panel at ESSMA pitch management workshop

News, Sport / 5th April 2017

STRI’s head of sports surfaces, Dr Richard Gibbs, will be among the panellists at the ESSMA Pitch Management Workshop in Leicester City’s King Power Stadium next May.


Leicester City training centre

Leicester City training centre


The European Stadium & Safety Management Association (ESSMA) will assemble from May 10 to 11, 2017 for pitch visits, workshops and panel discussions, as well as in-depth presentations and a networking dinner.

Last year’s keynote speaker, John Ledwidge, Leicester City grounds manager, and his team will manage the event, which is open to all ESSMA members. Official host of the event is Jonathan Calderwood, grounds manager at Paris Saint-Germain, chairman of the ESSMA Pitch Management Expert Group and member of the ESSMA Advisory Committee.

Jonathan Calderwood said: “ESSMA’s Pitch Management Workshop is a perfect platform for all European Grounds Managers to come together to share ideas and knowledge. The pitch has become a very important part of the stadium and ESSMA is building up awareness of the Grounds Manager’s role and the industry as a whole.”

John Ledwidge said : “Events like these are really important for the networking element of the day, as I’ve been able to meet people I really wanted to meet. I’m sharing experiences with them about what we do and listening to how they manage things. Sharing experiences on how to overcome certain obstacles within pitch management with a group of experts was a big eye-opener for me.”


About the event

What: ESSMA Pitch Management Workshop

Where: Leicester, Leicester City Football Club (King Power Stadium and LCFC training centre)

Date: 10-11 May 2017

Goal: To share valuable content, organise discussions on the future of pitch management and create strong networking opportunities between pitch industry peers

Topics: Pitch renovation, tools & technology, player injury management, budget control (pitch management & finances), managing & delivering events

Speakers: Paris Saint-Germain, Emirates Stadium, Leicester City FC, Institute of Groundsmanship, Manchester City FC

Participants: Representatives of ESSMA Leagues, Federations, Clubs, Stadiums & Stadium Partners, Strategic Partners

For more information and to register for the event: http://pitch.essma-events.eu/