Harefield Academy Wins the IOG Ransomes Jacobsen Innovation of the Year Award

December 19, 2013

Ipswich, Suffolk, UK - December 19, 2013 - The Harefield Academy in Uxbridge, Middlesex has won the IOG Ransomes Jacobsen Innovation of the Year accolade 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 Harefield's course leader, Louise Dunton, by Sam Cassidy from category sponsor Ransomes Jacobsen, in front of an audience of 350 of the UK's and Europe's leading groundscare experts, as well as dignitaries from the governing bodies of sport and influential sports administrators.

By creating purpose-built teaching areas for horticulture and groundsmanship, the ambition at The Harefield Academy is to establish a school-based vocational course that encourages young people disaffected by school to enter a career in the industry. The aim is to improve the employability of young people.

With allotment plots, a turf area, a poly tunnel and using a wide selection of tools and equipment at the Northwood Way site, the outside facilities have all been constructed by the students and are maintained by them.

The project is achieving its initial objective to stimulate young people and giving them a new career option, and the plan now is to encourage other schools to follow suit.

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.

About The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG)
The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) is the leading membership organisation representing grounds managers, groundsmen, grounds maintenance managers, greenkeepers and all others involved in the management of sports pitches, landscape and amenity facilities in the UK. As well as maintaining the IOG Performance Quality Standards and providing a consultancy service for sports grounds, lawn maintenance and amenity horticulture, the IOG's extensive Training and Education programme includes cricket, football, tennis, horseracing, bowls, artificial surfaces, turf science and many other specialist subjects. It also stages the annual IOG SALTEX exhibition, Europe's leading show for the open space profession. For more information visit www.iog.org

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For further information please contact:
Peter Driver
Public Relations and Media Communications Manager
West Road, Ransomes Europark, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 9TT.
Tel: +44 (0) 1473 276386
Email: peterd@tip.textron.com

Harefield Academy's Louise Dunton (left) collects the IOG award from Sam Cassidy, UK & Ireland Marketing Manager at Ransomes Jacobsen

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