Dedicated Estates staff from Lingfield Park Resort have won national recognition after winning a coveted award at the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) annual industry awards.
Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, this year’s sell-out event at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole hosted by talkSPORT radio presenter Mark Saggers, recognised leadership, innovation and outstanding achievement across every aspect of groundscare – from grassroots pitches to professional stadia.
The Lingfield staff were recognised for their commitment to the racecourse by winning the ‘John Deere Professional Horse Racing Grounds Team of the Year Award’.
More than 650 of the UK’s and Europe’s leading groundscare experts from both the professional and volunteer sector, as well as dignitaries from the governing bodies of sport and influential sports administrators, honoured the expertise, dedication and passion of the grounds profession at the awards ceremony.
The prestigious evening also celebrated the quality standards of groundscare achieved in public and private sports venues, and highlighted the progress of young/student grounds professionals as well as entrants’ environmental considerations.
Lingfield Park Resort’s Executive Director Kieran Gallagher said ‘This recognition is testament to the hard work that our Clerk of the Course, George Hill and his team execute on a daily basis. I know I speak on all of Lingfield Park Resort’s behalf when I say this award is incredibly deserved – well done to all!’
A proud George Hill, who leads the Estates Team at Lingfield Park Resort, commented ‘The team works tirelessly, through all seasons come rain or shine. As one of the busiest racecourses in Europe with more than 80 fixtures a year, there is very little rest for them, which is what makes this award truly worthwhile.’