Edgbaston Priory Club’s Grounds Team Shortlisted for IOG Award

Edgbaston Priory Club’s grounds team have been shortlisted for the Professional Tennis Grounds Team of the Year Award in the annual Institute of Groundmanship Awards.

The winners will be announced at the prestigious IOG Industry Awards ceremony held at stadiummk in Milton Keynes on the evening of Thursday 4th December 2014.

New for this year, the team award celebrates the very best sports turf management at a tennis club venue that hosts tournaments with paying spectators attending.

The grounds team at Edgbaston Priory Club are responsible for the cultivation and maintenance of the grass courts for the annual Aegon Classic tournament which takes place in June at the Club.

The Aegon Classic is now a premier event, attracting the world’s top female players as they prepare for the championships at Wimbledon.

2013 saw the opening of the new Ann Jones Centre Court, together with the rebuild of four match courts and three practice courts, all part of a multi-million pound refurbishment of Edgbaston Priory Club.

Grounds Manager, David Lawrence, and his team worked closely with the grounds team at SW19 to provide the same world class standard of grass courts at Wimbledon for the players coming to Birmingham.

The preparation for the tournament takes a full 12 months. The grounds team at Edgbaston Priory Club are also responsible for maintaining the club’s 14 acre site which includes 22 courts and grounds.

The Head Groundsman or Grounds Manager that oversees the winners of each of the professional grounds team categories, throughout the different sports represented, is also then entered into the running to win the Alex R Millar Groundsman of the Year award (formerly known as the Groundsman’s Groundsman award).