IOG & ECB launch short course groundsmanship training modules

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The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) and the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are collaborating on a programme of short course training modules that will provide volunteer cricket grounds staff with introductory training and tuition into the preparation and maintenance of playing surfaces in a sustainable way. Initially the courses will be provided free of charge but will have limited places available.

Delivered by qualified IOG instructors, the new pilot programme of one-day courses will complement the newly launched NatWest Pitch Doctor and the wide ranging services offered by the ECB further extending the IOG’s longstanding and ongoing work with the ECB in delivering cricket-focused training programmes, from Foundation to Advanced level for groundsmanship.


A range of courses, starting in May, are available:

  1. Early spring maintenance of the cricket square
  2. Setting out a square and marking a pitch
  3. Match pitch preparation
  4. Winter pitch to cricket outfield
  5. Non-turf pitches and practice areas
  6. Mid-season pitch recovery
  7. Post season renovation
  8. Close season maintenance
  9. Safe working practices
  10. Machinery maintenance and operation
  11. Assessment and planning for post-season renovations
  12. Maintenance following reconstruction works
  13. Growing-in newly laid squares

For more information, contact the IOG (, or