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Three New Stadium Venues Join Stadium Experience

Three new stadium venues have joined the Stadium Experience team, including Notts County Football Club, West Bromwich Albion Football Club and Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club.  The new additions, take the total membership to well over 55 football and rugby stadium venues across the UK & Ireland.

2017 has seen a flurry of 12 new clubs join the not-for-profit marketing collaboration, which aims to share best practice and promote stadia as unique and prestigious venues for meetings, conferences and events.  The group has increased its membership by over a quarter in the last 10 months alone.   New members in 2017 include; Arsenal Football Club, Croke Park Stadium, Ipswich Town Football Club, Manchester United Football Club, Notts County Football Club, Nottingham Forest Football Club, St. Helens Rugby Club, Stoke City Football Club, Swansea City Association Football Club, Ospreys Rugby, West Bromwich Albion Football Club and Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club. 


Bakerhicks Provides Vital Engineering Support To Upgrade The John Smith’s Stadium To Premier League Standards

BakerHicks, the multi-disciplinary design and engineering company, has helped the John Smith’s Stadium kick off the football season with new stadium dugouts, lighting, and the media and advertising facilities required of a team in the English Premier League.

Kirklees Stadium Development Limited (KDSL) approached BakerHicks, with whom it has an ongoing working relationship, to provide civil and structural engineering support for the upgraded The John Smith’s Stadium. BakerHicks assessed how urgent upgrade works would impact the existing stadium structure and ensured they did not compromise either the buildings or the safety of fans, players and staff.

This included assessing whether the previous floodlight columns and the existing roof structures could accommodate bigger, heavier lights, as well as whether new LED ribbon advertising hoardings could also be safely installed. BakerHicks also advised on the development of new TV Studio and balcony camera seats, plus the installation of new ‘Recaro’ seats in redesigned and lowered dugouts for the managers and coaching staff.

Andy Gotts, director of civil and structural engineering at BakerHicks says: “The new floodlights were a particular challenge, in assessing the floodlight towers we recognised that the weight and size of the new lights would attract significantly higher wind loads.

“Careful analysis and design enabled KDSL to utilise the existing columns, confident that they presented no risk to the larger crowds expected with Huddersfield Town’s Premier League promotion.”



2018 dates for Reesink Turfcare’s industry-leading courses have been announced. For the first time the guide is accessible online only, with bookings taking place now.

Bringing the same extensive range of industry-leading courses and levels of training as it does every year, the 16-page Reesink Training Guide can be found at

There, turfcare professionals and employers keen to offer staff the opportunity to learn and expand their areas of interest, will find Reesink’s biggest range of vocational training for land-based disciplines delivered with Lantra, the national awarding organisation. Alongside that is City & Guilds training and Toro and TYM manufacturer-backed turfcare machinery training. In total, there are nine courses available to choose from, one of the biggest selections from a distributor.

Neil Adams, head of turfcare training at Reesink, says: “Whether a turf professional at a golf club, sports stadium, amenity and parkland setting, school or small holding, Reesink works closely with Toro and TYM to provide a wide range of courses. These are delivered by nationally recognised quality assured trainers and assessors to develop skills and competency in the use of mowers, spraying units and tractors.

“Working with accredited training bodies such as Lantra and City & Guilds to level two and Toro and TYM manufacturer-backed training to level one means we have a comprehensive training offering to suit everybody.”

The courses available include the popular turfcare mechanic course and sprayer technician course to level one and the recently added compact tractor driving award to both level one and two, as well as pesticides application course to level two.

Neil concludes: “This range of training courses demonstrates our belief in continuously improving standards in the industry. We aim to make training convenient with some courses delivered at the trainees’ working premises, too, using familiar equipment in a familiar environment. This set-up means it could not be easier for customers to develop and invest in their employees.”

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