BTME 2018: Continue to Learn kicks into high gear
Posted on Sunday, 21st January 2018
Continue to Learn kicked into high gear on Monday, as the second day of education saw more than 400 delegates take part in the world-class career development programme.
With events divided between the Queen’s Suite in the Harrogate Convention Centre and the Majestic Hotel, there was a wide range of seminars and workshops on offer for BIGGA members at all stages of their careers.
Jeremy Marchant, specialist in emotional intelligence, was speaking at Continue to Learn for the first time. He said he was surprised at how interested BIGGA members were in a topic that wasn’t directly greenkeeping-related, and how ready they were to embrace new ideas.
He added: “I was nicely surprised by the degree of interest, just watching people’s body language as I was talking. There was a lot of interest, and I was primed for that because people told me how much the members of BIGGA are interested in their personal development and how much they’re ready and willing to find out new stuff. It was a really rewarding experience to see that degree of interest.”
The Turf Managers’ Conference, held in the Majestic Hotel, was compered by BBC Radio Leeds sports editor and former BIGGA employee Gareth Jones, who enjoyed his reintroduction to the world of greenkeeping.
“I was really excited to come back, when Sami asked me to be involved,” said Gareth. “Seeing the amount of work that goes into BTME and into the education over the next couple of days. It was always one of my most favourite times of the year, and coming back I got that buzz again. It has reminded me just how important this event is to the whole industry.”
The first day of Continue to Learn on Sunday saw 207 delegates brave the snowy conditions to take part in the education programme.
Continue to Learn at BTME is the largest single education programme for the turf management industry outside of the United States, and is a major feature of the overall exhibition.
Continue to Learn runs until Wednesday 24 January and features more than 250 hours of education.
Although bookings have closed now the show is underway, there are a host of other events taking place at BTME 2018 that are free of charge to those attending BTME. Among them is the BTME Breakfast Club: Cutting Edge Turf Management, and the BIGGA Welcome Celebration sponsored by Textron Golf.