Toro tour for Groundsman of the Year Award Winners
The winners of the inaugural Best Groundsman of the Year Award, Thierry De Jonghe and Lorenzo Verschraeghen of Belgium’s Sporting Club Lokeren , recently traveled to Madrid, Spain, for a weekend of knowledge sharing. Their visit was part of Toro ’s continued partnership with the Belgian Jupiler Pro League to help advance the grounds care industry in Belgium.
De Jonghe and Verschraeghen met with Paul Burgess, Real Madrid’s Director of Grounds and Environment, for a complete experience that included a training facility tour, a game, an after - game tour on the pitch, and a tour of Santiago Bernabéu Stadium. The focus of the ir visit was to share best practices related to the challenges of maintaining world - class football facilities, from equipment and fleet management to technical tips and more. De Jonghe, Verschraeghen and Burgess also shared their perspectives on environmental concerns and the future of the industry.
“Our thanks go to Paul and his team for giving us this opportunity to learn about Real Madrid’s best practices and observe them firsthand,” said De Jonghe. “A quality playing surface is critical to the game, and we are always o pen to new ideas that will help us create and maintain those conditions.”
The next initiative in Toro’s partnership with the Belgian Jupiler Pro League will be a seminar in Belgium for league groundsmen later this spring. In addition, the winner of the Best Groundsman of the Year Award for the 2018/2019 season will be announced in May 2019.
“By recognizing the work of outstanding groundsmen like Thierry and Lorenzo — and providing these opportunities to share best practices — we at Toro ultimately hope to raise the profile of the industry throughout Europe,” said Anthony Nadalin, Toro senior marketing manager. “We continue to look for ways to foster positive relationships among groundsmen and attract more talent for the future.”