Double win for Scottish Rugby at Institute of Groundsmanship Awards 2018

Scottish Rugby has scooped two prestigious accolades at this year’s Institute of Groundsmanship awards. 

Head Groundsman Jim Dawson and the team at BT Murrayfield won ‘Professional Rugby Union Grounds Team of the Year’ while Glasgow Warriors’ Senior Groundsman, Patrick Ferrie, won the top prize for ‘Best Managed Artificial Surface’.

Scottish Rugby Head of Estates, Garry Blackadder, said:

I am delighted for our grounds staff team winning both awards as it represents an awareness of the hard work the estates team collectively put in to present both stadiums as world-class facilities. 

“We have worked hard to continuously improve the skills and confidence within the team and are really pleased to be receiving the recognition from the Institute.” 

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) annual industry awards. The UK-wide awards recognises leadership, innovation and outstanding achievement across every aspect of groundscare – from grassroots pitches to professional stadia.

Commenting on the awards, Jonathan Humphreys, Glasgow Warriors Forwards Coach, stated: “There is no doubt that the quality of the pitch Paddy has given us has had major significance on the results of the team.

Without a quick, firm surface we would not have been able to play the brand of rugby we wanted to last term which ultimately led us to the semi-finals of the Guinness PRO14.”

The prestigious awards ceremony also celebrated the quality standards of groundscare achieved in public and private sports venues, and highlighted the progress of young/student grounds professionals as well as entrants’ environmental considerations.