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Rigby Taylor and Top Green support UK sports grounds industry via IOG headline sponsorship deal

A major sponsorship deal with the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) re-affirms the extraordinarily high level of support to the UK's sports grounds management industry by Rigby Taylor and its seed-breeding partner Top Green, the companies at the forefront of supplying innovative products for the successful management and maintenance of turf surfaces.

Rigby Taylor and Top Green have agreed a three-year headline sponsorship deal for the annual IOG Industry Awards – including sponsorship of the IOG Young Groundsman of the Year Award – as well as the IOG Young Groundsmen's annual Conference.

The agreement follows hard on the heels of Rigby Taylor's funding of sets of technical tools for each of the nine regional pitch advisors of the IOG-led Grounds and Natural Turf Improvement Programme, which is targeted at raising the standards of sports surfaces as well as the understanding of sports turf management practices among grassroots clubs. The sponsorship also builds on the company's historic support for the annual IOG Young Groundsman of the Year Award.

Commenting, Rigby Taylor's marketing director Richard Fry, said: "This is an exciting opportunity to provide support to a key industry association and its membership, and is an extension to the support we've provided in the last.

"This latest sponsorship is a mark of the confidence we have in the forward-thinking strategy being adopted by the IOG and, through such sponsorship, it is our intention to provide increased support and assistance."

Geoff Webb, IOG chief executive, adds: "This agreement is testament to the fact that the IOG Awards now truly represent the industry's support and commitment to recognising and rewarding best practice in sports turf management. Coupled with the proactiveness of Rigby Taylor and Top Green in also supporting up and coming young grounds staff, we are delighted to now have a firm platform to build opportunity and reward excellence."

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