Pitch management networking
Join us in Leicester
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.
PITCH MANAGEMENT AND FINANCES
PLAYER INJURY MANAGEMENT
PITCH RENOVATION SESSION
MANAGING AND DELIVERING EVENTS
TOOLS & TECHNOLOGIES
TRAINING CENTER PITCH MANAGEMENT
HIGHLIGHTS & KEY TAKEAWAYS
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.
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
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
ESSMA Pitch Management Workshop 2016 - Paris (France), 30-31 August 2016