The Groundsman

March 2013

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IOG BEST PRACTICE 21 So, I took on a 'proper' groundsman's job one of the London Transport sites, working with dad." He continues: "I've always sought quality playing surfaces and I think it is an onus on us all to instil a similar sense of pride to the next generation of groundsmen. I want my pitches to look great and I want my staff to share that enthusiasm, and I do all I can to pass on the techniques and tricks that will enable them to achieve higher standards, whatever the budget. I remember occasions in the distant past, when money was tight and I've actually used a section of chain fencing to harrow a pitch." He continues: "My style of groundsmanship is very much about having an instinct for what's happening, or should happen, with the ground and as a profession it appears we groundsmen have that knack of being able to see other things when most people can see just grass. "Luckily I've been able to work on a wide range of surfaces at a variety of locations and I've managed to pick up knowledge as I've gone along by always looking for better ways of doing things. I've always found, too, that I've gained a " tremendous amount of knowledge by networking with like-minded groundsmen." It was, Mike says, his experiences at a pair of multi-sports grounds (Nat West bank's) in the mid '90s that really stood him in good stead. t the Groundsman March 2013 Luckily I've been able to work on a wide range of surfaces at a variety of locations and I've managed to pick up knowledge as I've gone along " Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions

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