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November 2015

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GRASSROOTS 32 the Groundsman November 2015 Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions • Understanding and supporting the needs of the ECB pitch advisors • Promoting the online modular courses working to increase attendances. Rugby Football League To formulate a way forward with the RFL, it was important that we engaged and linked with every part of the RFL administration that would play a part in the delivery of the GaNTIP. This resulted in a presentation to the National Conference League (NCL) and all its members, a meeting and presentation with all the competition managers, plus the competition managers and RFL facilities and investment manager took part in a Rugby League Foundation course so that they would better understand what the RPAs and the programme would be delivering. The outcome has been a work programme that will include workshops being delivered both in the Yorkshire and North West regions, complementing site visits. A good relationship is required with the NCL and regular attendance at league meetings is important. The RFL has been insistent that the programme extends into all levels of the game with the NCL being the first priority. Initial results and feedback shows that the RFL grassroots pitches have similar issues to those found in football, with the main difference being that the season is now running throughout summer so in-season maintenance techniques will be different but just as vitally important. As a result of NCL pitch visits, issues have been identified and will now form the basis of maintenance/pitch upkeep workshops to guide clubs. The GaNTIP has: The Bedfordshire Cricket Grounds Association is delighted to be working with the GaNTIP on a number of training and development initiatives that are raising the quality of cricket grounds across the county and giving the volunteers who maintain the surfaces the knowledge and skills they require to carry out the role. There is no doubt the programme has improved and continues to improve the quality of grounds through training, advice and guidance. Martin Darlow – Chief executive, Bedfordshire Cricket " " Tonnes of top layer had to be removed before renovation could begin at Aberford Albion FC Thanks to help from the GaNTIP and funding from the Football Foundation. I would like to say again how much we appreciate it. Glen Place – Aberford Albion FC " " • Completed more than 60 visits and reports • Delivered an IOG Foundation course to RFL competition managers • Attended/presented to National Conference League (49 clubs) • Started to create a network of professional groundsmen/support network • Organised workshops aimed at issues arising from the pitch visits and reports • Introduced new online training and education modules to add to the existing training options. Jason Booth is national manager of the Grounds & Natural Turf Improvement Programme l Before renovation (above) and after (below) at Aberford Albion FC

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