insideKENT Magazine insideKENT Issue 69 Dec 2017 - Page 163

NEWS LOCAL GREENKEEPER WINS PRESTIGIOUS INDUSTRY AWARD Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club’s 31-year-old Nick Machin has been crowned this year’s winner of the Toro Student Greenkeeper of the Year Award, a competition that brings together the best greenkeeping students in the UK. To mark this accomplishment, Nick has won an eight- week all expenses paid Toro Scholarship, which includes a six-week residential turf management study course at the University of Massachusetts, a trip to the Golf Industry Show and a visit to the Toro factory in Minneapolis. Award sponsor and UK distributor of Toro machinery, Reesink Turfcare’s managing director David Cole says: “The award is in its 29th year and we’re continually heartened by the quality of the applicants we see coming through. This is something that must be attributed to the standard of education in the industry, and Nick is the epitome of that. He was an all-round worthy winner with a good knowledge of greenkeeping.” Nick says: “I’ve always known about the awards and wanted to compete in them. This year I felt confident in my knowledge, so when my course manager suggested putting me forward I went for it! It felt pretty unbelievable to hear my name called out at the finals. I did a lot of work in preparation for the awards and feel proud that it paid off.” BLUEWATER’S CHRISTMAS ICE RINK IS BACK! Bluewater’s spectacular covered outdoor ice rink, with a central Christmas tree and a backdrop of the beautiful lakes, is back for 2017, and promises a great skating experience. Skating at Bluewater is fun for all, with seal shaped skating aids for kids and bob skates for those a little unsteady on the ice. Plus, new for this year, there are skate lessons, Friday party nights with KMFM DJs, baby and toddler mornings, ice parties (great for corporate group bookings) and after-school skate club. KENT JUNIOR SCHOOLS CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 On Saturday 18th November, 1,245 young runners from 104 schools across Kent took part in the Kent Schools Cross Country Championships held at the Kent County Showground, Detling. The annual event was organised by Ashford Leisure Trust (ALT) and is one of the largest Junior schools cross country events in the UK. Year 3 and 4 runners ran the 1km course with the year 5 and 6 course being 2km. The course is challenging with all runners doing incredibly well. Emma Wood, Chief Executive of ALT, said: “ALT is incredibly proud to again organise this event and see so many primary school children taking part. The event provides opportunities for all, from the winners who won in great style to many others who were possibly running such a course for the first time with their school friends.” This event forms part of Ashford Leisure Trusts ‘Participation to Performance’ programme engaging people to take part in sports related activities. 163