The Groundsman

November 2016

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Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions t: 01789 774089 www.bransontractor.co.uk e: sales@bransontractor.co.uk Compact tractors with a great reputation See you at Saltex Stand K180 Design • Construction • Maintenance CALL 01642 488328 EMAIL info@cls-sports.co.uk TWITTER @CLSsport WEBSITE www.cls-sports.co.uk Football • Golf • Rugby • Hockey • Tennis Cricket • Multi Use Games Areas PLATINUM PARTNER Natural & Synthetic Sports Pitch Specialists GROW WITH THE IOG 19 the Groundsman November 2016 This appears to be an area little explored from an applied management perspective. "The one-day training course pulled together a diverse range of 3G information and presented it in a way that attendees felt was delivered in an interesting and informative manner - full of useful information," was one comment from the day. This encapsulates exactly what the IOG wants to achieve at all its courses: a session that is fi t for purpose and with attendees' appetite whetted for learning. Useful articles on the maintenance and type of equipment available for 3G and artifi cial surfaces routinely appear in the Groundsman. Of particular note was one in the July 2015 edition, 'Basic maintenance practices for synthetic surfaces', which refl ected on the issues of the different types of pitch usage. Also, in the January 2016 issue, the Product Showcase section identifi ed a wide range of equipment which can be used for maintenance. l Maintaining your business models With the signifi cant capital and running cost investments being made in 3G football and rugby surfaces, it is clear that the need to maintain them effectively is essential if carpet life and playing quality characteristics are to be sustained. This is critical if the planned business model which is used to determine the future need to replace the surface is to be achieved. The IOG provides the only industry training course which specialises in the effective maintenance of 3G surfaces and this was developed with input from a range of specialists including Replay Maintenance, Redexim Charterhouse, Alistair Cox (AC Associates) and Alan Ferguson (St George's Park). The course has so far been delivered on 20 occasions since it was developed last year. For more information, email learning@iog.org or call 01908 312511. A well maintained and managed pitch meets user expectations

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