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8 Feb
A Free to Attend Rugby Turf Workshop
08 Feb 2018 - 08 Feb 2018

Conference Programme 

A Free to Attend Rugby Turf Workshop

Royal Holloway University of London

February 8, 2018

You will be aware of the growing interest and uptake among independent schools in Artificial Grass Pitches for Rugby (Rugby Turf). Indeed you may already be considering the viability of such a facility at your school.

Whatever your current situation and ambitions we’d like to answer some of the questions you may have regarding Rugby Turf Pitches.

S&C Slatter are the market-leading Sports Construction Specialists with a heritage in delivering highly successful rugby turf pitch projects for a broad spectrum of clients.  Accordingly they are well placed to join with us in presenting

With the invaluable support of FieldTurf, World Rugby, Royal Holloway University of London, Salesian College and Billy Davison we have created a varied and interesting agenda and panel of speakers which will address a range of important issues, including;

Operating a Rugby Turf Facility 
Mark Hyndman, RHUL Associate Director - Student Engagement & Sport

The World Rugby Programme            
Marc Douglas, World Rugby Research Turf & Equipment Manager

Rugby Turf Technology                     
Lee Gladwell, FieldTurf

Creating a Plan for Rugby Turf          
Robert Lougee, Salesian College Bursar

A Personal Perspective                      
Billy Davison, Shrewsbury House School Director of Sport, ex England A, Harlequins, Saracens


Mark Hyndman Royal Holloway University of London Associate Director – Student Engagement & Sport

Mark has over 10 years’ experience in physical activity and sport, and in addition to his principal role at RHUL, volunteers with the Student RFU and supports HE Rugby operating standards and facilities.

You will hear about how RHUL has trebled student engagement in sport and delivered a two million pound investment in artificial surfaces including a World Rugby Regulation 22 compliant rugby turf pitch and other sports facilities.

Marc Douglas World Rugby Research Turf & Equipment Manager

Marc Douglas is Research Turf & Equipment Manager at World Rugby where he has worked since 2012. Marc’s responsibilities include managing World Rugby’s Regulations related to players equipment and artificial turf, coordinating all research projects, both internally and externally driven and driving the knowledge base of World Rugby from a Player Welfare perspective. Marc is a qualified Mechanical Engineer (University College Dublin), a qualified Accountant (ACCA) and also has a Masters in Sports Administration (Canisius College). Marc lives and works in Dublin, Ireland.

Marc will talk about WR’s rugby turf programme generally and how/why they as a governing body are happy to embrace the use of rugby turf as a viable solution for rugby participation at all levels of the game

Lee Gladwell FieldTurf

With over 15 years’ experience within the industry, Lee is recognised as an expert in all aspects of turf production and development.  He has worked on a number of high profile projects including those at Cardiff Arms Park, Queen Ethelburga’s Collegiate, Twickenham Stadium and Rugby Park, Kilmarnock.

Lee will bring a unique insight into the technical aspects of turf design. This will cover the different types of rugby turf available, the technology involved in developing the best surfaces for rugby, what to look for when designing a rugby pitch and how to maintain your pitch once it is installed.

Robert Lougee Salesian College Bursar

After a long career in the commercial sector working in finance and operations, Robert joined Salesian College in Farnborough as its Bursar 12 years ago.  In that time, he has worked on several major development projects which last summer included the construction of a 3G facility for rugby and football.

Robert will talk about his own recent experience of successfully completing the introduction of a rugby turf pitch facility at Salesian College. Robert will look to provide guidance and ideas on how best to plan, structure and manage a cohesive delivery plan which produces the very best results.

Billy Davison Shrewsbury House School Director of Sport

Billy played rugby for England A, Harlequins & Saracens and was Head of Sport at Danes Hill School. Since 2011 he has been Director of Sport at Shrewsbury House School.

With a comprehensive knowledge and experience of both playing and coaching rugby, Billy will provide a personal perspective on rugby turf pitches, embracing both school and club play.

Provisional Programme

11.00    Registration

11.30    Andrew Lewin (Introduction)

11.40    Mark Hyndman

12.20    Marc Douglas

13.00    Lunch

13.45    Lee Gladwell

14.15    Robert Lougee

14.45    Billy Davison

15.15    Q&A and Close


Royal Holloway University of London, Royal Holloway , Egham Hill, Egham , Surrey, TW20 0EX, United Kingdom