Groundsmanship Training Courses

The ECB has teamed up with The Institute of Groundsmanship to provide a programme of progressive training courses for the management of cricket pitches.


The scheme consists of three levels of structured training offered in four courses (or combined in a single five-day course):

Level One
Part A - Spring Preparation and Summer Maintenance (1 day)
Part B - Autumn Renovation and Winter Maintenance (1 day)

Level Two
Understanding the Science (2 days)

Level Three
Sports Turf Management (2 days)

To gain maximum benefit, it is strongly recommended that individuals should attend the courses in the correct sequence.

Who would benefit from these courses?

The courses are suitable for you whether you are a club groundsman/woman, volunteer, school groundsman/woman or contractor.

You will learn how to:

  • Improve your practical skills
  • Understand the science of maintenance needed to provide a safe and consistent square
  • Implement the management practices needed to ensure a professionally organised facility

You will receive:

  • Tuition from a fully qualified instructor
  • A full set of resource materials and an attendance certificate

New for 2012 – IOG and ECB announce Module Training Programme

For a number of years the IOG, the leading educational provider in the Sports Turf Industry, has delivered training programmes for Cricket grounds-staff from Foundation level to the Advanced level courses; enabling cricket grounds-staff to learn and develop the skills required to prepare and maintain a cricket playing surface.

The new module courses are designed to provide an introduction for volunteer grounds-staff to this programme of learning, develop and/or learn a particular skill in greater depth and compliment the newly launched NatWest Pitch Doctor and wide range of club services offered by ECB.

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More information

To get full details of the content of the various courses, course dates and fees, please see the IOG website

For further information on membership, consultancies and training courses contact:

The Institute of Groundsmanship
28 Stratford Office Village
Walker Avenue
Wolverton Mill
Milton Keynes MK12 5TW

Tel: 01908 312511
Fax: 01908 311140