Day 4: W/ Premier Pitches

Day 4 of the tour around the UK started w/ more conversations with Mr. Carl Pass, Managing Director of Premier Pitches, and Mr. Russell Latham, Sales Director of Premier Pitches.  Premier Pitches is unlike any sports field contractor in North America.  They specialize in renovation/ pre-season conditioning of fields with many pieces of equipment that I have never seen before.  Thank You to Carl and to Russell for the insights about their methods of improving field quality.

Carl and Russell then were kind enough to take me along to visit a couple of stadiums as well.  Our 1st stop was Nottingham Forrest FC.  Many thanks to Head Grounds Manager Ewan Hunter for taking the time to show us around an absolutely fascinating stadium.  Mr. Hunter also took us out to the Forrest training ground as well.  Kudos to the fantastic work he, his assistant, and their staff do in presenting fantastic fields.

Mr. Ewan Hunter, Mr. Russell Latham, and Mr. Carl Pass

Mr. Ewan Hunter, Mr. Russell Latham, and Mr. Carl Pass

Upon leaving Nottingham Forrest, we drove over to Sheffield to Hillsborough Stadium, home of Sheffield Wednesday FC.   Hillsborough, another old style stadium with character and history, is an amazing place.  And the pitch is equally as amazing.  Thank You to Head Grounds Manager Steve Kiddy for visiting with us and sharing his experiences.

Mr. Carl Pass and Mr. Steve Kiddy

Mr. Carl Pass and Mr. Steve Kiddy

Again, many thanks to Mr. Pass and Mr. Latham for spending time taking me to visit these great Head Grounds Managers, and for exchanging different ideas and experiences  from their work.  With communication and idea exchange like that, all fields around the world can continue to improve!



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