The Groundsman

January 2013

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16 IOG BEST PRACTICE the Groundsman January 2013 Light rigging at Twickenham Stadium King Keith After Keith Kent, head groundsman at Twickenham Stadium, was recently crowned with two major groundsmanship awards, Colin Hoskins discovered how the accolades were just reward for his prowess in not only maintaining "the best rugby pitch in the world" but also for helping others achieve higher standard playing surfaces Author: Colin Hoskins T he reasons are clear why Keith Kent last year won the awards for both the IOG Alex R Millar DLF/Johnsons Groundsman of the Year and the IOG Professional Rugby Union Groundsman of the Year. While he has spent the last decade managing and maintaining a firstclass pitch at Twickenham Stadium, during recent years he has also devoted an inordinate amount of time travelling up and down the country offering help and advice to grassroots clubs. As a result, Keith can reflect with pride on a successful groundsmanship career, which started as a school leaver and initially 17 years at Filbert Street with Leicester City FC, then 15 years at Manchester United's Old Trafford Visit for more information and digital editions Stadium before Twickenham's stadium director, Richard Knight, convinced him of a move from football into rugby. Plus, of course, there are the thousands of miles travelled during the past seven years or so visiting rugby clubs and hosting seminars to help professionals and volunteers alike improve their grounds in the most cost-effective way.

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