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Continue to Learn at BTME 2018 has arrived

Most extensive education programme for the turf industry in Europe unveiled.

30th October 2017
Education for all at BTME 2018  
The BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME) is Europe's leading exhibition for turf professionals and buyers.  BTME is an unmissable opportunity to further your education and development through the Continue to Learn programme, the brochure for which is now available to download here

More than 4,500 attendees are expected to descend upon the Harrogate Convention Centre and The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate in Yorkshire, England, for the four-day series of events, which run from Sunday 21 to Wednesday 24 January 2018.

BIGGA Head of Member Development Sami Strutt said: “After nine months of detailed planning and consultation with BIGGA members, we are proud to announce the launch of the hotly-anticipated Continue to Learn at BTME 2018 education programme. 

“BIGGA takes great pride in being able to offer our members and other golf industry professionals access to the best educational opportunities possible.  I am delighted that we are able to produce such an extensive programme of events. There really is something for everybody.”

Continue to Learn at BTME 2018 will feature more than 250 hours of education with guest speakers such as Dr Micah Woods from the Asian Turfgrass Center and Dr Mike Fidanza from Pennsylvania State University.  Dr Woods has been part of the team that has delivered R&A sustainability seminars in China, Thailand, Japan and South Korea through 2016 and 2017 and he has also contributed an article  to this website.

An integral part of BTME, Continue to Learn encompasses events for Course Managers, Deputies and all levels of Greenkeepers. Workshops and sessions also cater for Golf Club Managers, Directors of Golf, Golf Club Owners and Committee Members, ensuring there is an education event for everyone working within the sports turf industry.

BIGGA was created in January 1987 and, today, BIGGA has around 5,700 greenkeepers and turf professionals as members.  The Association is dedicated to the continuing professional development of its members, and in serving their needs will strive through education and training for standards of excellence in golf course management throughout the greenkeeping profession.

The R&A will be in attendance at BTME.  On Wednesday at 2.45 pm, Wendy Cole (Manager – Sustainability) will be sharing the stage with Greg Fitzmaurice (R&A Greenkeeping Scholar and Course Manager at Hunley Hotel & Golf Club) to deliver an hour-long session “The Benefits of Becoming an R&A Scholar.  This will follow the annual R&A Greenkeeping Scholars Meeting (by invitation only), to be held in the Crown Hotel at 9.15 am on Wednesday morning.