TURF TALK: Knowledge-sharing & networking at the ESSMA Pitch Management Workshop

The European Stadium & Safety Management Association (ESSMA) will assemble for the Pitch Management Workshop taking place at the King Power Stadium in Leicester, England, from May 10 to 11, 2017. Delegates will enjoy panel discussions, pitch visits and workshops, as well as in-depth presentations and a networking dinner.


Last year’s keynote speaker, John Ledwidge, Grounds Manager at Leicester City Football Club (LCFC) and his team will welcome ESSMA members to the King Power Stadium and LCFC training centre. Official host of the event is Jonathan Calderwood, Grounds Manager at Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), Chairman of the ESSMA Pitch Management Expert Group and member of the ESSMA Advisory Committee.

After last year’s edition in Paris, which drew 36 pitch industry experts, the ESSMA Pitch Management Workshop will now take players to the home of Leicester City, visiting both the King Power Stadium and the LCFC training centre.


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), training centre pitch management and multifunctional use of the pitch


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


More information


Speaking after the 2016 Pitch Management Workshop, Jonathan Calderwood, Grounds Manager, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG), 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, Grounds Manager, Leicester City FC (LCFC), 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.


For further information, visit the ESSMA Pitch Management Workshop page by clicking here and make sure to watch the ESSMA Pitch Management Workshop 2016 Aftermovie below, to get an idea as to what to expect at the 2017 event:






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Make sure to read SVB’s interview with LCFC’s John Ledwidge online at: http://sportsvenuebusiness.com/index.php/2017/02/09/ground-interview-john-ledwidge-grounds-manager-leicester-city-fc/



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