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be located on the IOG Hub (stand number C180) from 11am to 1pm each day and will allow visitors to look in detail at the symptoms of some common turfgrass fungal disease problems, as infected plants are magnified and displayed on a large screen. Visitors who may have any soil profiles that are causing problems or concerns are welcome to bring in their own samples to discover how it could be improved.

See the latest products in action

In addition to the wide range of innovative products on display within the indoor environment, visitors to SALTEX will have the chance to see many of these in action through the Outdoor Demonstrations which will be taking place on a grass area directly outside the SALTEX halls 6,7 and 8. This year, visitors can expect to see the latest line marking technology as demonstrated by Rigby Taylor and Fleet Line Markers; Groundwater Dynamics will be showcasing equipment which helps deal with flooding and standing water issues; Skarper will be featuring their fabulous array of wood chippers and idverde will be constructing a mini football pitch consisting of Mixto reinforced natural hybrid turf. Bring your boots along as visitors will get the chance to try out the product for themselves.

The future’s bright

Aspiring groundsmen and women could well benefit from attending the Young IOG Board Learning LIVE sessions in Theatre 3 on day two where they will be joined by leading groundsmen and women that have long-standing careers in this sector. The IOG’s Young Board of Directors will also be present on the IOG Hub throughout the two days and are available to assist in guiding young people towards a clear pathway into a career in groundsmanship. Visitors can also get free advice at the Job

Clinic. Located on the IOG Hub, industry expert Frank Newberry will be hosting 15-minute one-to-one sessions covering CV writing to interview techniques. To book an appointment with Frank, visitors are advised to go to the IOG information desk on the IOG Hub as early as possible to avoid disappointment. Returning for its third successive year,

the SALTEX College Cup, sponsored by Ransomes, will see students from seven UK based colleges embark on an academic test of turf management knowledge in which the winning college will get their hands on an unforgettable prize. CAFRE College in Antrim, Northern Ireland, will be the team to beat after winning the two previous competitions and as a result has seen them part of the Wembley grounds team at the 2017 FA Cup Final and preparing the pitch at the 2018 Six Nations Championships for the Scotland vs England game.

Network and celebrate this incredible industry

This year’s Women In Turf networking event will discuss the findings of the IOG’s recent research into how the IOG can progress its engagement with women and extend diversity within the grounds management community. If you would like to attend the Women in Turf networking meeting at SALTEX 2018, email The 2018 IOG Industry Awards, with 21

categories, recognise the passion, dedication and challenges faced by grounds staff in both grassroots and professional sports at clubs of every size and from all corners of the UK. This year’s 10th annual awards celebration is being held on October 31 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, on the evening of the first day of SALTEX. Once again the ceremony is expected to be a sell-

out and will be a star-studded event with a host of sporting dignitaries, broadcasters and celebrities in attendance as well as hundreds of groundsmen and women from throughout the UK and Europe’s volunteer and professional groundscare industry. The awards will be hosted by Mark Saggers from talkSPORT radio, and comedian, writer and actor Tom Allen will be providing the after- dinner entertainment. Located in the centre of the UK, whether

you are travelling from overseas or within the UK, the NEC is easy to get to by car, rail or air. SALTEX 2018 is free to attend. To register

your attendance and beat the queues visit Follow SALTEX on Twitter @IOG_SALTEX and Facebook – IOGSALTEX

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