Principal among delegates at sportsturf summit

Published
Tuesday 23 October

The Principal of Myerscough College and University Centre was among the delegates at a summit that bought together the sportsturf industry’s most influential professionals in Madrid.

Alison Robinson was a guest at the prestigious Turf Business inaugural Summit, which was held at the world famous Santiago Bernabéu Stadium and the Ciudad Real Madrid Training Ground, to provide a platform for around fifty delegates to share their expertise and ideas, in the surroundings of the world-class Ciudad Real Madrid stadium and training ground.

The unique event was attended by a diverse group of turf-care professionals from top-class sporting venues, covering football, cricket, golf, rugby and tennis, with Myerscough invited as a specialist training provider, along with other delegates from the UK, the United States, Holland and Belgium.

World renowned expert and Myerscough alumni Paul Burgess, Head Groundsman at Real Madrid, was heavily involved in the planning and delivery of the event, which included workshops, networking, debates on the latest industry issues and a Q&A session with Paul, all an attempt to drive forward change across the industry for the future.

The Summit ended with a memorable tour of Real Madrid’s iconic Bernabeu Stadium. Founding Patron of the Summit, Paul Burgess, provided personalised tours of both the stadium and the training grounds.

Alison said: ‘’It was a great couple of days at the Turf Business Summit, meeting many of our Myerscough alumni who are now among the very best leaders in the European sportsturf industries across football, cricket, golf, horseracing  and rugby. This just shows the value of colleges and their provision and development of talent.

‘’Thanks also to Paul Burgess, Real Madrid and all of the sponsors, as well of course as Turf Business for the excellent opportunity to discuss how colleges such as Myerscough can support the sportsturf sector.

A spokesperson for Turf Business said: ‘’Thank you to Alison, her team and students for all of their input both before and during the summit. We look forward to working with Myerscough on the next phase.’’

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by Dave Salmon

DSalmon@myerscough.ac.uk 

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