Rotterdam, Holland: Hundreds of turf grass professionals around Europe benefitted from Campey Turf Care Systems’ seven-week Renovation Tour.
An average of 60 groundsmen and greenkeepers attended each of the events, which focused on educating turf professionals on renovation best practise.
Throughout the Tour, cutting edge technology was used to demonstrate the difference a well-executed renovation can make on all sports surfaces.
A Campey spokesperson said: “The Tour wouldn’t have been the success it was without the participation of the Campey dealers, who put in a great amount of effort to organise each day, including the newly-appointed dealer for Holland and Belgium, Jean Heybroek, who participated in their first Tour.”
Brian O’Shaughnessy, Campey Product Specialist, who oversaw the dates in Poland and the Czech Republic, outlined the importance of visiting countries that may otherwise miss out on the opportunity to see the machinery at work.
He said: “There’s increasing pressure within the industry for teams, regardless of size, to have a high-quality pitch. All you have to do is watch games on television and look on social media to see the scrutiny these men are under.
“So, by touring the machines around Europe as well as the process of renovating, we can demonstrate the difference that can be made over the course of a season by starting in the right way. The events across Europe have been well received and we had a great response from the attendees.”
The demonstrations were delivered using a host of machines including the Koro Field Topmaker with Universe and Terraplane rotors, the award-winning GT Air Inject Air2G2, the Imants ShockWave and Rotoknife, the Koro Recycling Dresser, Raycam Speedresser and Dakota range of spreaders as well as the Vredo Compact seeder.
The date in France, arranged with the help of dealership Hydraparts, also featured presentations from Tony Stones, Grounds Manager at the Stade de France, and Andy Grey, Grounds Manager at Southampton Football Club. Both gave an extensive insight into the renovation programmes at their respective venues, making the presentations the perfect accompaniment to the live demonstrations.
“Getting turf professionals together has led to a great exchange of ideas,” Ben Taylor, Product Specialist said. “As much as the demonstrations provide a linear plan for renovation, speaking to others who are local to that area can also give valuable insight on specific issues.
“Increasing knowledge and developing understanding is the whole point of the Tour and I’m proud to say that we’ve been able to do that. As a result, I’d like to think we will see the pitches in these areas improve in the near future.”
Campey Turf Care Systems is a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.