The Groundsman

August 2016

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Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions AHEAD OF THE GAME 28 the Groundsman August 2016 alf way through the cricket season and groundsmen all over England and Wales have done a sterling job in trying to get as many games of cricket played as possible. We all know about the positive impact of playing cricket and are mindful that if we are not able to play games then the consequences can be significant. It is vital that we help clubs recruit and retain players. To do this, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) introduced a campaign called 'Get The Game On' to help clubs and leagues prepare for and get more games completed. The campaign encourages clubs and leagues to vary start/finish times, introduce new game formats, wet weather rules and reduce travel distance. The tangible results from this initiative have been positive with nearly 200 leagues involved and six per cent more fixtures completed at recreational level in 2015 than in the previous year. To assist with the campaign, the ECB has given away 100 free wet weather kits in July to clubs, as a pilot, to test their usefulness. H Get The Game On The cricket club groundsman's role is vital for getting more games played and more players interested in the game By: Karen Maxwell Six per cent more fixtures have been completed at recreational level thanks to 'Get The Game On' Pitch preparation The Essential Guide to Cricket Groundsmanship is an online tool and a must have companion for players and groundsmen everywhere, taking you through all aspects of the job with easy to use guidance, videos and practical tips. Whether a qualified groundsman or just helping out to 'Get The Game On', this tool should always be at hand. Visit: www.ecb.co.uk/groundsman

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