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April 2016

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Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions AWARD SPONSOR 26 the Groundsman April 2016 hose responsible for the maintenance of non-league club pitches, local authority sports facilities and other grassroots training and playing fields have for too long had to struggle with the cry of 'games cancelled due to unplayable surfaces'. But with help and guidance from some of the leading manufacturers in the sports turf industry, over the coming weeks groundsmen will have the opportunity to see at first hand some of the best equipment and receive appropriate advice on economically effective solutions to help them improve their pitches. Campey Turf Care Systems in T Grassroots pitch renovation tour The 2016 Pitch Renovation Tour is aimed at improving the quality of grassroots natural turf sports pitches across the UK and Ireland By: Charmian Robson partnership with Dennis, SISIS, ICL, Limagrain and New Holland have announced a seven-week tour covering thirteen venues across the UK and Ireland beginning on 12 April and featuring full pitch renovations demonstrating the latest techniques, and complemented by talks as well as question and answer sessions. The tour will show how the implementation of change – however small or large - to maintenance practices can radically improve pitch quality in a short space of time, regardless of budget constraints. The tour content was trialled in 2015 through working with the Staffordshire County FA, when FA advisors Andy Jackson, head groundsman at Stoke City FC and Gareth Thomas, adult football development officer at Staffordshire FA, monitored the programme. Gareth has since commented: "The Staffordshire pitch is still in superb condition in spite of all the poor weather. It just goes to show what a positive impact can be achieved with the right techniques and equipment on what was a very poor surface. The volunteers are continuing to follow the advice given." Campey Turf Care Systems' managing director Richard Campey adds: "This is a rare opportunity for groundsmen and women to see a complete pitch renovation in action. There will be invaluable advice on how to achieve great things with limited resources, including how and where to get the best deals on new or fully reconditioned groundscare tractors and machinery, as well as information on the correct applications of seeds, fertilisers and a host of related products and services which affect the quality and playability of the pitch." The tour venues have been chosen for the significant role they play in providing pitches for all walks of life and levels of sport. A full list of the venues and dates can be found on the website: www.pitchimprovementprogramme.com where you can register free of charge. Charmian Robson is director of ABR Publicity, Email: abr.publicity@gmail.com l Thirteen venues will be embraced by the tour

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