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June 2016

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Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions The Programme will support clubs and 'providers' such as local authorities and schools support procedures in a timely and effective manner, with the sole aim of assisting the club's grounds staff or provider. Should extensive remedial work be suggested, the programme will assist providers with initial assessment and, if necessary, engage a consultant to design, manage and monitor any major construction works to ensure the sustainability of any project. The CGA has equipment at its disposal that the clubs can use, including mowers, fertiliser distributors and a verti cutter, plus the loan of a roller as well as access to accredited spraying operatives and a comprehensive set of machinery and equipment for post-season renovation work. In addition, the CGA in association with Institute of Groundsmanship will run a series of practical workshops throughout the season as well as subsidising attendance for IOG one- day and online foundation training modules (the Hertfordshire annual grounds day is attended by more than 60 groundsmen.) Results I will report back towards the end of the season. Meanwhile, it must be said that funding is always a challenge, but help in accessing sources of finance is close at hand from the county board - for example, £25,000 has recently been awarded to projects such as clubs for covers and water removal devices through the England and Wales Cricket Trust's Small Grants Scheme supported by Waitrose. Andrew Clarke is a regional pitch advisor for the Grounds & Natural Turf Improvement Programme l 17 the Groundsman June 2016 IOG will run workshops

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