The Groundsman

April 2013

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32 GET INTO GROUNDS the Groundsman April 2013 Facts and favourites Andy Spetch A volunteer in action Former IOG Volunteer of the Year award winner Andy Spetch is the driving force behind a forum for groundsmen where volunteers can share ideas for managing and maintaining pitches on a budget My favourite film: War Horse My favourite book: The Featherman by Ranulph Fiennes My interests outside of work: Rugby and keeping fit The most challenging part of my career: Managing people and time Who I most admire in or out of the industry and why: Seb Coe. He is most positive and motivated person I have met The best piece of advice I can share with IOG members: There is no such thing as it cannot be done. By: Colin Hoskins fter winning two major awards for his skill as a volunteer groundsman at Bury St Edmunds RUFC ��� in 2010 from the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) and from the Eastern Counties Rugby Union in 2011 ��� Andy Spetch says he wanted to ���give something back to the industry���. ���I remembered how everything I���ve done here at the club���s Haberden ground has been largely achieved by asking questions and heeding the A resulting advice, as well as by begging and borrowing the necessary equipment. Then I realised there must be many others like me who strive to achieve higher class playing surfaces on a restricted budget,��� Andy said. ���I reckoned that a forum would be helpful - rather like the format of the IOG In Action days, where like-minded volunteer groundsmen could share problems, discuss ideas and swap solutions, as well as see at first hand some useful equipment demonstrations. Visit for more information and digital editions Andy Spetch pictured right

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