Pitch Management Networking
Join us in Amsterdam
ESSMA Pitch Management Workshop
The European Stadium & Safety Management Association will assemble during the Pitch Management Workshop that will take place in Amsterdam (NL) from 17 to 18 April 2018. Delegates will enjoy panel discussions, pitch visits & workshops, presentations and a networking dinner.
Welcome & registration
Welcome by ESSMA & Amsterdam ArenA
Stadium pitch tour
Insights in multifunctional matchday organisation
Key successfactors for multifunctional event management
Tracking the weather
About Sebastian Breuing
Greenkeeper Werder Bremen
Dealing with snow
Dealing with heat
About Abdelkrim Djelloudi
Groundsman Algerian FA
Closing by ESSMA
Evening networking dinner
Transfer Jaz Hotel to training centre ‘De Toekomst’ (TBC)
Visit training centre ‘De Toekomst’ (TBC)
Transfer training centre ‘De Toekomst’ to Amsterdam ArenA (TBC)
Keeping the pitch on track
Linking player data to the pitch
Pitch hardness and player injuries
About Dave Rennie
Head Physiotherapist Leicester City FC
Closing networking lunch
Preliminary programme, changes may occur.
The Amsterdam ArenA is the home of the football club AFC Ajax. The stadium is also used by the Dutch National Team for international matches. On a regular basis, the events calendar includes concerts and dance festivals.
• Owner: Stadion Amsterdam N.V.
• Opened: 1996
• Construction cost: €140 million
• Capacity: 53,500
• Field size: 105 x 68 metres
• Surface: GrassMaster / PlayMaster by Tarkett Sports
• Lighting system: SGL
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"Events like this are really important for the networking element of the day as I've met some people here that I really wanted to meet. I'm sharing experiences with them about what we do and listen to how they manage things. Sharing experience and how to overcome certain obstacles within pitch management with group of experts was a big eye-opener for me."
John Ledwidge, Grounds Manager Leicester City FC
"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 the awareness of the Grounds Manager's role and the whole industry."
Jonathan Calderwood, Head Grounds Manager Paris Saint Germain
The Jaz hotel Amsterdam will be the event hotel for ESSMA’s Pitch Management and SMART & Sustainability workshop. The hotel lies directly across the Amsterdam ArenA, right next to the Ziggo Dome, within walking distance of the AFAS Live. It offers stylish rooms, a spa and fitness area, several meeting areas and a bar/restaurant ‘Rhythms Bar & Kitchen’. Every day, the Jaz in the City becomes a stage for aspiring local acts in the world of music, food and arts.
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HIGHLIGHTS & KEY TAKEAWAYS 2017
Key takeaways from the ESSMA Pitch Management Workshop
Over the course of the Workshop, attendees heard from LCFC’s John Ledwidge, Simon Gibson and Callum Allsop, Arsenal FC’s Head Groundsman, Reece Watson, Manchester City Football Club’s Head Groundsman, Lee Jackson and the Institute of Groundsmanship’s (IOG) CEO, Geoff Webb and Head of Member Services, Dan Prest. In addition STRI’s Head of Sports Surface Design, Richard Gibbs, Terraplas’ Operations Manager, Andrea Fodczuk, and Stade de France’s Head Groundsman, Tony Stones where involved in different panel discussions.
Day 1 highlights
On day 1 of the Pitch Management Workshop in Leicester City FC’s King Power Stadium and Training Centre ESSMA members enjoyed presentations on long term pitch improvement, the latest tools & technologies and managing day-to-day operations of a groundsman team. After the presentations, the attendees had the chance to take part in a special behind the scenes tour of LCFC’s training facility.
Day 2 highlights
On day 2 of the Pitch Management Workshop ESSMA members learned more about day-to-day operations, managing & delivering events and player injury management. Further on the program were two panel debates and a unique behind-the-scenes tour.
ESSMA Pitch Management Workshop 2016 - Paris (France), 30-31 August 2016