BTME x C2L: Turf's greatest collaboration is here
BIGGA staff will be on hand to help
The biggest names in turf management will come together in Harrogate during from 19 to 23 January for Europe’s premier exhibition and educational conference.
BTME 2020 and the Continue to Learn education programme for turf professionals is due to return to the Harrogate Convention Centre next week and there's still chance to get involved.
BIGGA Chief Executive Jim Croxton said: “The golf industry is changing faster than ever with new rules, new technology and new challenges posed by the economy and our changing climate. At its heart BTME is about providing BIGGA members and the entire golf industry with the tools it needs to overcome any of the problems we face, to create a strong and more vibrant sport for generations to come.
“I look forward to welcoming people from all over the UK and further afield, from all levels of the sports turf management industry, to Harrogate in January for what promises to be another fantastic exhibition.”
Last year’s exhibition saw nearly 5,000 BIGGA members, turf managers, golf club owners, managers and industry decision makers pack into the centre to discover the latest products and innovations plus unrivalled networking opportunities.
Thinks to look out for at BTME 2020:
1. Why attend BTME?
Last year’s BTME saw nearly 5,000 BIGGA members, turf managers, golf club owners, managers and industry decision makers pack into the centre to discover the latest products and innovations, plus unrivalled networking opportunities.
For those in the greenkeeping and golf industry in the UK, there’s only one place to be each January.
More than 150 exhibitors will pack the halls at Harrogate Convention Centre
2. BTME App
The free BTME App provides the most interactive and immersive BTME experience for anyone heading to the show. By downloading the app from the Apple Store or Google Play, you can create your own schedule, keep track of major events at BTME and Continue to Learn, share notes with other conference attendees and offer feedback on the education you experience.
3. Golf Architecture and Management Forum
Hosted by respected journalist and BIGGA’s favourite golf fan, Naga Munchetty, this event will showcase collaborations between architects, course managers and their greenkeeping teams. There will be the course managers and leading architects involved with projects at Royal Portrush, Royal Dornoch and The JCB.
The winners of the BIGGA Awards will be revealed at the BIGGA Welcome Celebration
4. BIGGA Welcome Celebration sponsored by Campey Turf Care Systems
BIGGA’s free-to-attend welcome event will celebrate all the finest achievements of BIGGA members from throughout 2019. The Welcome Celebration is an opportunity to celebrate everything that’s good about the greenkeeping industry, and we know that’s key to growing a thriving sport for years to come.
The Welcome Celebration is a free event and you don’t need an invite, just show up and receive a complimentary welcome drink on arrival.
5. Green Room Podcast Live hosted by Curtis Tyrrell MG CGCS
The Green Room Golf Course Podcast is BIGGA’s popular new audio offering, with host Karl Hansell bringing regular stories from around the industry. At BTME, former Ryder Cup superintendent and director of agronomy at Desert Highlands, Curtis Tyrrell MG CGCS – himself host of The Course Reports podcast – will be hosting a series of discussions in BTME’s Blue Zone.
Curtis Tyrrell MG CGCS is hosting Golf Course Podcast Live at BTME
5. Continue to Learn 2020
Once again, running alongside BTME will be BIGGA’s Continue to Learn education programme. Continue to Learn is the most comprehensive education programme for those in the turf industry. Attracting more than 3,000 delegates, the programme features almost 80 individual education eventsand is held over four day. Continue to Learn 2020 will feature more than 250 hours of education delivered by over 90 speakers.
6. BIGGA Awards 2020
Each year BIGGA provides the opportunity for its members to be recognised for their incredible hard work and dedication throughout the year. BIGGA’s annual awards acknowledge the achievements of its members. The categories are: Outstanding Contribution of the Year sponsored by Jacobsen; Championship Performance of the Year sponsored by Rigby Taylor; Greenkeeping Project of the Year sponsored by Baroness and Kubota.
7. STRI Innovation Zone at BTME
BIGGA has teamed up with renowned sports turf research organisation STRI Group to showcase turf science in action during the exhibition. The Innovation Zone in the Red Zone contains four areas focussing on blue-green infrastructure, turf disease identification, investigating the invisible using multispectral photography and analysis of rootzone material.
Continue to Learn is the industry's most comprehensive education programme
8. BTME Early Bird 5k Run sponsored by Syngenta.
BIGGA will be hosting a 5km run around Harrogate at 6.30am on Wednesday morning to help raise awareness of mental health among men. The run will be led by Ben Davis, the running ambassador for the Campaign Against Living Miserably. CALM is the leading movement against male suicide, which is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK. Ben has done a huge amount over charity work over the years and was proclaimed Yorkshire Man of the Year in 2018.
9. Golf Course Sustainability Zone in association with the Golf Environment Organisation.
Located in the Blue Zone this area will demonstrate the what, why and how of golf course sustainability. GEO Foundation in tandem with key industry partners will be on hand to provide advice and support on all sustainability matters.