Beversbrook Sports Facility Wins Grass Roots Sports Ground
of the Year

Beversbrook Sports Facility in Calne has won the IOG White Horse Contractors Grass Roots Sports Ground of the Year Award at the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Industry Awards in a glittering Oscar-style ceremony at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena hosted by BBC TV and radio presenter Mark Clemmit.

The award was presented to Adam Whitchell and Keven Whitehorn, Beversbrook’s volunteer groundsmen, by Gary Kneller of sponsor White Horse Contractors, in front of an audience of 350 of the UK and Europe’s leading groundscare experts, as well as dignitaries from the governing bodies of sport and influential sports administrators.

The 95-acre Beversbrook Sports Facility is a multi-sport hub that embraces football, cricket, netball, tennis, archery and running, for example.

Indeed, such is the standard of the playing surfaces that Swindon Town FC will be using the site next year as its training facility, and four new pitches are currently under construction to meet rising demand from local teams that want to play there.

There are also plans for the installation of a new full-size third generation synthetic surface and, hopefully, additional tennis courts.

 The prestigious UK-wide IOG Award scheme highlights the high standards of volunteer and professional grounds professionals and facilities, from grass roots to professional stadia level. Embracing categories of entry covering sport, young people and the environment, the awards are judged by an independent panel on criteria that include effective use of resources, budgetary control, presentation and housekeeping standards, as well as environmental considerations.

Beversbrook’s Adam Whitchell and Keven Whitehorn (left and centre) receive the IOG award from Gary Kneller, managing director of White Horse Contractors.

The IOG is the leading membership organisation for everyone involved in the management of sports pitches, landscape and amenity facilities.

“We are very proud to sponsor this award,” commented Gary Kneller, managing director of White Horse Contractors. “It was a very enjoyable conference followed by a good evening of awards. Congratulations go to Adam Whitchell and Keven Whitehorn who were worthy winners of this category along with all of the other winners.”
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