The Groundsman

January 2013

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20 GROW WITH THE IOG the Groundsman January 2013 IOG Training - at a glance The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) has delivered high quality, cost-effective training to the sportsturf industry since its inception. IOG head of professional services Ian Lacy presents a round-up of what's available Author: Ian Lacy IOG training fits a brief for the groundscare industry O ver the years, the IOG has delivered training in partnership with many National Governing Bodies of sport (NGBs) such as the England and Wales Cricket Board, the Football Association, the Racecourse Association, Bowls England, the Lawn Tennis Association, the All England Lawn Tennis Club and, more recently, FIFA. The IOG prides itself as a pioneer of education in the groundscare sector. It has established national occupational standards [NOS] for the sportsturf industry, in conjunction with City & Guilds, Visit for online eLearning the National Proficiency Test Council (NPTC) and sector skills councils Lantra and Skills Active - making the institute the leading provider of sportsturf education and training for and on behalf of the sportsturf care sector. To address current needs, last year saw the IOG launched a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) - IOG iCampus - which is used as a platform to deliver training and education on maintenance of facilities. This replaced IOG Moodle, which was originally launched in 2008. The decision to replace Moodle and design and build iCampus was based on the ever-changing IT world and with iCampus the IOG is now working at the cutting edge of that technology to deliver training and education in the most innovative way possible. The IOG works in close collaboration with FIFA to help provide the organisation with a VLE, which it used for Win in Africa with Africa - a two-year programme to raise standards of groundsmanship and maintenance for synthetic surfaces. The IOG is now playing a major role with FIFA to help provide a similar learning programme for natural turf.

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