The Groundsman

October 2015

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Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions AHEAD OF THE GAME 20 the Groundsman October 2015 hen Canada's rugby squad arrived last month at Leicester Grammar School to use the first team's rugby pitch (and the school's swimming pool, gym and pavilion) as its training base for the Rugby World Cup, the team was greeted by a first-class playing surface. Ed Ramsden, who became head groundsman at the site five months ago, W School team goes to the top of the class for 2015 RWC A new pitch maintenance regime at Leicester Grammar School not only uprated the playing surfaces in time for being a Rugby World Cup training camp but the result also offers first-class pitches for the students By: Colin Hoskins instigated a pitch maintenance regime designed to achieve the international standards required – "not just because the Canadians were due but also to create a standard of playing surfaces that the school and its pupils rightly deserve", he says. It is, in fact, a sentiment also echoed by the school's business director, Alison Shakespeare. Pitch improvement Sand banding had been introduced on the first team pitch, and gravel banding on the other three full-size pitches and three junior pitches, in an attempt to alleviate the water retention problem resulting from the heavy clay soil on the site. But all the bands had opened up. So, Ed and his team – Ciaran Kilduff, Les Berry and The improvements were initially seen on the first team pitch, which was tackled first. Improvements to the other pitches followed close behind

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