The Groundsman

February 2015

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The school's sports facilities also embrace two all-weather pitches (3G and sand-based) that can be used for rugby practice, soccer and hockey, a sports centre with indoor climbing wall, weights room, swimming pool and sports hall, plus athletics facilities that include an Olympic-standard running track, facilities for long and high jump, discus and all main athletics events, plus a water jump and a pole vault area. There is also a farm (predominantly cattle and sheep) and expanses of woodland. The estates team – which includes the 10 groundscare professionals - maintains all facilities, plus the five pavilions and the 12 boarding houses for the 800 plus pupils (all pupils board). Extensive use The sports fields and facilities are used extensively throughout the year including fixtures for rugby, Harrow Football, soccer, cricket, tennis, golf, hockey, athletics and cross country. The school also rents out certain facilities; cricket pitches and the 3G and sand-based surfaces, while the golf course and tennis courts are also used by private members' clubs. The lake also has an angling club. Lee and his groundscare team prepare for over 800 games a year across the two sites, plus 700 or so training sessions. From January to December 2014 the numbers of games held were: Rugby – 159 Soccer – 133 Hockey – 36 Cricket – 187 Tennis – 140 Harrow Football – 120 Athletics – 20 meetings Cross county – 11 events. Team development At 28 years of age, Lee has spent the past 11 years at the school, joining after attending college where he gained a Level 2 accreditation in greenkeeping and sports turf management, as well as brief work experience at Tottenham Hotspur's White Hart Lane stadium. He has since achieved a Level 3 diploma in sports turf management and has attended IOG Levels 1, 2 and 3 cricket courses. His current job title follows a recent re-organisation of the estates team – which has seen him promoted from deputy head groundsman. "My first season here was spent on the cricket surfaces," says Lee. "I then moved onto the rugby pitches and subsequently back to cricket and soccer. Like most others in my position, I have also learned as I've gone along, gaining experience from and heeding the advice of teammates who represent many years' experience. Harrow School, by necessity, maintains a wide range of groundscare equipment, including a variety of mowers – Allett Regal 36s, Baroness greens triple, LM283, LM2700 & GM2800A, Dennis Razor 560s, GX160 and G860s, Kubota G23 ride-on rotary collector, Lloyds Paladin, Ransomes Mastiff, Toro 3250-D, Reelmaster 3100D, Groundsmaster 3500 & Greensmaster 1000, Trimax Procut 210 & Pegasus, plus Hayter and Lawnflite pedestrians. In addition: five Kubota tractors, Autoguide and Bomag cricket rollers, Charterhouse Rink 1005 topdresser, overseeders & Verti Drain (Harrow uses tines up to 1inch diameter), Imants Shockwave, Koro 1200 deep scarifier, Wiedenmann Super 500 scarifier/brush & Terra Spike, Vicon and Wessex spreaders and a Gambetti sprayer plus Rigby Taylor line markers. Machinery Matters Harrow School's groundsmen/grounds team. Main photo: Lee Marshallsay (second right) with, from left, Daniel Marshallsay, Gareth Harp (golf warden), Thomas Gurney, Joseph Naughton, Jack Walsh and Gary Sharp. Above left to right: arborist Adam Giles; Chris Lynch with Peter Morris and Stuart Hazleton The surfaces are predominantly rye, overseeded with Johnsons Premier Pitch and more recently, with Johnsons Pitch with tetraploid. The cricket outfields are fescue. t IOG BEST PRACTICE 17 the Groundsman February 2015 Visit for more information and digital editions

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