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February 2016

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GROW WITH THE IOG 20 the Groundsman February 2016 Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions o improve accessibility to the IOG's Level 1 (formerly called Foundation) winter pitches and cricket courses, the IOG has developed a blended learning approach that divides the traditional full one-day courses (which are still available) into smaller, more manageable sections, allowing individuals more flexibility in dovetailing this modular approach into their busy lifestyles. T Blended courses offer the ideal learning mix The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) has launched a new combination of online modular and practical sessions for Level 1 training courses to help volunteers care for football, rugby and cricket pitches By: Chris Gray Developed with support from The Football Association, the Rugby Football League, the England & Wales Cricket Board and Sport England, the new approach has three online theory modules and two short practical sessions. Total learning time is around eight hours. Online modules The online theory modules (four hours of learning) are: • Module 1: Requirements of the groundsman and pitch • Module 2: Equipment and machinery • Module 3: Materials. Practical modules The practical session modules (each consisting of about two hours of demonstration, explanation and learning) are: The practical sessions include Autumn and Winter work on football pitches

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