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Buyers And Suppliers Converge At The Sports & Leisure Forum

The sports & leisure procurement industry event takes place on June 17th & 18th at the Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted
The Sports & Leisure Forum [] is a unique event for sports and leisure procurement professionals – and Sports Insight has partnered with the Forum for 2019.
Registration is open for VIP delegate spaces and supplier stands at the Forum, which takes place on June 17th & 18th at the Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted.
It’s a unique event that brings sports and leisure procurement professionals together for one-to-one business meetings, interactive seminars and valuable networking opportunities.
Throughout this two-day event, delegates will meet with credible solution providers who will be able to talk through projects, concerns and obstacles, offering the best advice as well cost saving solutions.
Attendees will also learn about the latest trends in educational seminar sessions led by some of the industry’s leading lights.
It is entirely FREE for sports and leisure buyers to attend and each VIP ticket includes:
•    A bespoke itinerary of pre-arranged meetings with relevant suppliers
•    Access to seminars hosted by industry thought-leaders
•    Plenty of opportunity for networking
•    Overnight accommodation
•    All meals and refreshments
•    An invitation to the gala dinner with entertainment
Delegates already registered for the event include representatives from Aspire Defence Services, Aylsham Learning Federation, Bath Cricket Club, Hertfordshire Football Association, High Five Health Promotion, Ice Arena Wales, Leyton Orient Football Club, Orangetheory, Parkwood Leisure, Snap Fitness, Tendring District Council, The Hurlingham Club, The Winston Churchill Sports Centre, University of Hull, University of Plymouth Student Union, Wycombe Wanderers Football Club and more.
If you would like to join them, register your place now [] to avoid disappointment as there are just 65 VIP tickets available.
Alternatively, contact Rachel Gray on 01992 668475 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
If you are a supplier to the sector and would like to meet with 65 sports and leisure buyers, contact Josh Oxberry on 01992 374104 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Verti-Quake® breaks new ground for Parker Pitches

Suffolk based sports-turf contractors Parkers Pitches are now well equipped to deal with even the most heavily compacted of surfaces, thanks to the purchase of a Verti-Quake® 2516 from Charterhouse Turf Machinery. The investment made in October 2018 by owner Will Parker, compliments his existing Verti-Drain® 7316, and sees them prepared for a busy renovation season ahead.
Established by Will in 2015 and, supported by his father Tim and new team member Alfie, Parker Pitches offer a variety of maintenance services, along with consultancy and reporting to sports facilities throughout East Anglia. “By conducting Pitch Improvement Programme (PIP) site visits on behalf of Suffolk FA, I was finding that compaction was a major issue at many sites across the region” explains Will. “We can structure an effective aeration programme with our Verti-Drain®, but I decided that with an increasing number of football clubs coming to us for help, adding a linear aerator to our fleet would be a logical step.”
“We spoke to our local dealer, Adrian Brown at Tomlinsons, who showed us the Verti-Quake® and it was just what we needed. It’s effective when used in conjunction with the Verti-Drain®, but the wave action now gives us a different way of relieving compaction on the most heavily compacted of grounds.” For football pitches, Will now recommends 2 passes with the Verti-Drain® and 2 with the Verti-Quake® each year. However, the Verti-Quake® will also come into its own as Will approaches end of season renovations for football and rugby. “Fitting the Verti-Quake® with 20mm blades will create grooves for sand dressings, letting sand down into the soil profile while keeping drainage channels free and open.”
Final word from Will, “It’s a great machine that makes what could be a difficult job, quite a relaxing one to do. It’s well-built, quiet and easy to use – we trained Alfie on it and he was away in a matter of hours! As our workload continues to grow, it’s important we invest in kit to ensure we keep pace. With the Verti-Quake®, backed up with fantastic support from Tomlinsons, we’re doing just that.”


It’s Toro Again For Manchester City’s Football Academy

Manchester City’s Football Academy in the heart of East Manchester has chosen Toro again as it updates its fleet.
The supply of six Reelmaster 3575-D lightweight mowers continues a relationship with Cheshire Turf Machinery and Toro which spans 20 years.
For use across the 80 acres of grounds adjacent to the Etihad Stadium which is used for youth development and first team training, head groundsperson Lee Metcalfe has chosen Toro and the Reelmaster 3575-D mowers to replace its older Toro Reelmaster 5510-D machines.
“We needed to replace the RM5510-D fleet as they had a high number of hours on them,” he says. “This time we opted for the three-wheel RM3575-D mowers, so we wouldn’t have as much impact on the pitches. It’s been a wet winter and we felt this would deliver a better result considering the conditions.”
The RM3575-D machines are lightweight – just 2550lbs including the cutting units – and the front-to-back and side-to-side balance of weight produces a low centre of gravity which, when combined with turf-friendly tyres, reduces any potential turf compaction and damage.
The three-wheel drive system of the new machines will also help with the tight turns at the end of the pitches, says Lee: “These machines are easy to use and with the tight turn areas we have three wheels work very well. Cut is set at 30mm for the academy pitches and at 23mm for the first team pitches. Maintenance is daily by the MCFC staff and a couple of technicians from Cheshire Turf Machinery come out every Monday to check and maintain the machines too.”
The relationship between Manchester City and Cheshire Turf Machinery is almost two decades long as managing director Steve Halley explains: “We’ve worked with Manchester City Football Club for around 20 years, with Lee and grounds manager Roy Rigby. It’s our understanding that reliability of the brand is key and we trust that our support and the longevity of our relationship is too.
“This latest order addresses the club’s constant drive to improve turf quality without sacrificing productivity. As Lee says the three wheel configuration makes the machine very agile and means the team can make tight turns without damaging the turf.”
With the surfaces of the Academy taken care of, Lee, who has been at MCFC for 10 years and manages a team of 13, tells us what’s next: “We are always focused on how we can keep developing the grounds area and team. I’m constantly looking to see what the latest innovations are in terms of machinery and when it comes to our team, these are the people of the future. Everyone in the team is willing to learn and move forward which is very encouraging to see. They question things and attend many training courses to make them all better groundspeople.”

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