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Pitch management networking

ESSMA Pitch Management Workshop

The European Stadium & Safety Management Association will assemble during the Pitch Management Workshop that will take place in Leicester (UK) from 10 to 11 May 2017. Delegates will enjoy panel discussions, pitch visits & workshops, presentations and a networking dinner. Last year’s keynote speaker John Ledwidge (Grounds Manager at Leicester City Football Club) and his team will welcome us at the King Power Stadium & LCFC training centre. Official host of the event is Jonathan Calderwood, Head Grounds Manager at Paris Saint-Germain and member of the ESSMA Advisory Committee.









Day 1 - 10 May

Reception and sandwich lunch at Leicester City FC Training Centre

clock-icon 12:00 – 13:00


clock-icon 13:00 – 13:15

Leicester City FC Pitch management department operations

John Ledwidge
Grounds manager
Leicester City FC

clock-icon 13:15 – 13:45

ESSMA Pitch industry overview

Jonathan Calderwood
Head Grounds Manager
Paris Saint-Germain

ESSMA representative

clock-icon 13:45 – 14:15

Tools & technologies at Emirates Stadium

Reece Watson
Head Groundsman
Arsenal FC

clock-icon 14:15 – 14:45

Managing the training facility at Leicester City Football Club

Callum Allsop
Head Groundsman of training facility
Leicester City FC

clock-icon 14:45 – 15:15

Coffee break & transfer to Leicester City FC training centre

clock-icon 15:15 – 15:45

Pitch & training centre visit Leicester City FC

clock-icon 15:45 – 16:45

Pitch renovation & breakout sessions

clock-icon 16:45 – 17:45

Closing day 1 & transfer to Holiday Inn Express Leicester City

clock-icon 17:45 – 18:15

Evening group dinner

clock-icon 19:00

Day 2 - 11 May

Welcome at King Power Stadium

John Ledwidge
Grounds manager
Leicester City FC

clock-icon 09:00 – 09:15

Pitch management at King Power Stadium: day to day duties

Simon Gibson
Head Groundsman of King Power Stadium
Leicester City FC

clock-icon 09:15 – 09:45

Player injury management in practice

clock-icon 09:45 – 10:15

Q&A session

clock-icon 10:15 – 10:30

Coffee break

clock-icon 10:30 – 10:45

Introduction on budget control & stakeholder communication by Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG)

clock-icon 10:45 – 11:00

Panel debate on budget control & stakeholder communication

clock-icon 11:00 – 11:15

How to manage and deliver events by Leicester City Football Club

clock-icon 11:15 – 11:30

How to manage and deliver events

clock-icon 11:30 – 12:00

Pitch visit: King Power Stadium

John Ledwidge
Grounds manager
Leicester City FC

Simon Gibson
Head Groundsman of King Power Stadium
Leicester City FC

clock-icon 12:00 – 12:45

Closing lunch

clock-icon 12:45

Preliminary program, changes may occur.



John Ledwidge

Leicester City Football Club


Jonathan Calderwood

Paris Saint-Germain


Reece Watson

Arsenal FC



Institute of Groundsmanship



European Stadium and Safety Management Association


King Power Stadium

The King Power Stadium is the home of Leicester City, the reigning champions of the Premier League. Work on the site began in the summer of 2001 and it was completed in 1 year, ready for the club to take up residence for the start of the 2002–03 season. The 32,262-seater stadium, the 19th largest stadium capacity in England, was built at a cost of £37m. Leicester City moved to the new stadium - then known as the Walkers Stadium - in the summer of 2002 after 111 years at Filbert Street, the historic home of the club. In 2011 the stadium got renamed King Power Stadium after the company of the club’s new Thai owners. The site has hosted football and rugby international matches, as well as boxing events and concerts.

• Owner: Leicester City F.C.
• Opened: 2002
• Cost: £37m
• Capacity: 32,312 (all seated)
• Average attendance in season 2015–16: 32,014
• Capacity utilisation : 99 %
• Field size: 102 x 67 metres (111.5 x 73 yards)
• Surface: Desso GrassMaster
• Lighting system: SGL

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Leicester City FC training complex

Significant investment has been made to maintain and improve the quality of facilities on offer at the Club’s training complex in recent years to supplement the work of all areas of the Football Club, from Academy through to the First Team. The investment emphasises the commitment of the Club to providing the best possible foundations for the players and also for the coaches to be able to provide first class training programmes. The LCFC training complex, situated about a mile from King Power Stadium, includes a gym, fitness suite, changing rooms, indoor area and training pitches. A number of improvements continue to be made in accordance with the Elite Player Performance Plan, which has developed criteria for the training and education of young players.

• State-of-the-art floodlit 3G playing surface
• Show pitch with designated spectator areas
• Analysis suites
• Sports Science facilities
• 11 newly-built dressing rooms
• Age-specific pitches
• Classroom facilities
• Parents’ Lounge

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Register now!

If you are interested in attending the event and would like to receive more information, please contact ESSMA Marketing and Events Manager Kevin Raveyts via kevin (at) or by clicking the ‘Register now’ button below.


Leicester is ideally located in the centre of England, making it an easily accessible destination.


By plane

  • East Midlands Airport – 30 km – 30 min by car to King Power Stadium
  • Birmingham Airport – 60 km – 50 min by car to King Power Stadium

By train

  • From London St Pancras International – 1h to Leicester


We recommend to book your rooms in the Holiday Inn Express Leicester City, which is located right next to the King Power Stadium. Please don’t hesitate to book your rooms as the hotel will sell out in due time. Use the link below to make your reservation.


  • The event starts on May 10th at 12:00 @ the Leicester City training centre and ends on May 11th at 13:30 @ King Power Stadium
  • ESSMA does not provide transfers from train station/airport to the event venue
  • On day 1 (May 10) ESSMA provides a transfer from the LCFC training centre to Holiday Inn Express Leicester City hotel
  • On the evening of day 1, the restaurant is located at walking distance from the Holiday Inn Express Leicester City hotel


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