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.
Download the ESSMA app for all event-related information:
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.
Welcome & registration
Welcome by ESSMA & Amsterdam ArenA
Amsterdam ArenA pitch tour
Introduction to multifunctional pitch management
Multifunctional pitch: challenges & possibilities
About Paul Baas
Field Manager Amsterdam ArenA
Group discussion: key successfactors multifunctionality
Tracking the weather
About Sebastian Breuing
Greenkeeper Werder Bremen
Dealing with snow
About Jan Gijzen
Dealing with heat
About Abdelkrim Djelloudi
Groundsman Algerian FA
Closing by ESSMA
Evening networking dinner
Walk from Jaz Hotel to training centre ‘De Toekomst’
Visit training centre ‘De Toekomst’
About Martin Brummel
Walk from training centre ‘De Toekomst’ to Amsterdam ArenA
Pitch dashboard: Keeping the pitch on track
About Paul Baas
Pitch hardness and player injuries
About Dave Rennie
Head Physiotherapist Leicester City FC
Closing by ESSMA
Closing networking lunch
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
"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
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.
ESSMA Pitch Management Workshop 2016 - Paris (France), 30-31 August 2016
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.