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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 Amsterdam (NL) from 17 to 18 April 2018. Delegates will enjoy panel discussions, pitch visits & workshops, presentations and a networking dinner.

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BEST PRACTICES

When members look for solutions, they turn to other members or to people they meet during the ESSMA events. Our network of passionate individuals has a wealth of knowledge. Best practices are shared to make sure you return home with a load of takeaways. We draw from the experts in the industry to make you stay on top of trends and expand your thinking by learning from peers.

STADIUM INDUSTRY NETWORKING

Networking is a problem-solving tool for issues stadium professionals are facing daily. When you ask our members, they will say the networking part is one of the huge benefits of the association. Meet with venue industry professionals from all over the world: connect, learn and evolve with other-like minded professionals.

BEHIND-THE-SCENES STADIUM TOURS

Learn from a unique behind-the-scenes stadium tour and training centre visit. Executive staff and management will give you a unique behind-the-scenes tour: the unique opportunity to ask all your questions on stadium-related matters.

TOPICS

MULTIFUNCTIONAL PITCH

MATCHDAY ORGANISATION

WEATHER TRACKING

PLAYER DATA

DEALING WITH SNOW

PLAYER INJURY

DEALING WITH HEAT

PITCH HARDNESS

PROGRAMME

Welcome & registration

30mins

About

Welcoming lunch

60mins

About

Welcome by ESSMA & Amsterdam ArenA

15mins

About

Amsterdam ArenA pitch tour

60mins

About

ESSMA

Introduction to multifunctional pitch management

10mins

About ESSMA

Paul Baas

Multifunctional pitch: challenges & possibilities

30mins

About Paul Baas

Field Manager Amsterdam ArenA

Group discussion: key successfactors multifunctionality

35mins

About

Coffee break

45mins

About

Sebastian Breuing

Tracking the weather

30mins

About Sebastian Breuing

Greenkeeper Werder Bremen

Jan Gijzen

Dealing with snow

30mins

About Jan Gijzen

Abdelkrim Djelloudi

Dealing with heat

30mins

About Abdelkrim Djelloudi

Groundsman Algerian FA

Closing by ESSMA

15mins

About

Evening networking dinner

105mins

About

Walk from Jaz Hotel to training centre ‘De Toekomst’

15mins

About

Martin Brummel

Visit training centre ‘De Toekomst’

105mins

About Martin Brummel

Grounds Manager

Walk from training centre ‘De Toekomst’ to Amsterdam ArenA

15mins

About

Coffee break

30mins

About

Paul Baas

Pitch dashboard: Keeping the pitch on track

15mins

About Paul Baas

Field Manager

Dave Rennie

Pitch hardness and player injuries

25mins

About Dave Rennie

Head Physiotherapist Leicester City FC

Closing by ESSMA

5mins

About

Closing networking lunch

60mins

About

All event-related information can be found on the ESSMA app. Download the ESSMA app in the App Store or Google Play.

SPEAKERS

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Martin Brummel

AFC Ajax

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Paul Baas

Amsterdam ArenA

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Dave Rennie

Leicester City Football Club

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Abdelkrim Djelloudi

Algerian FA

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Sebastian Breuing

Werder Bremen

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Arthur Berends

Amsterdam ArenA

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Jan Gijzen

FC Utrecht

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ESSMA

VENUE

Amsterdam ArenA

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

More information

EVENT HOTEL

The event hotel, Jaz Hotel Amsterdam, is fully booked. Please contact events@essma.eu for more information and options nearby Amsterdam ArenA.

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.

AFTERMOVIE 2016

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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 STADIUM PARTNERS