The Groundsman

April 2015

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AHEAD OF THE GAME 26 the Groundsman April 2015 ounded in 1124, The High School of Glasgow boasts 27-acre grounds that host rugby, hockey, cricket and triathlon training. The site is also home to the Scottish Premier League Club, the Glasgow Hawks and its associated community teams - senior 1st and 2nd adult teams, U15, U16, S1 and S2 midi- teams. There are also four teams in the mini rugby section. The site is mainly used by the school during weekdays and on F Modern solution to an old problem The implementation of a major de-thatch programme at The High School of Glasgow has led estate manager Keith Hodgson into a major pitch renovation – and build - programme By: Tam Henderson Saturday mornings; during the evenings and at weekends it is home to the host of different teams and, in total, there are more than 2,000 users. That adds up to a lot of sport and a lot of games each week. Water sports "When I joined the school, there were real problems with ground conditions in winter," says estate manager Keith Hodgson. "We'd lose some of the grass, rendering the pitches useless for school sports and jeopardising weekend games. STRI (Sports Turf Research Institute) diagnosed the underlying problem as thatch build up; the ground was like a sponge and not allowing water to drain, leaving flooded pitches and killing off the grass." Because the diagnosis wasn't completed until February 2013, there wasn't enough time for Keith to get a plan More than 2,000 people use the sports facilities at the school site

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