Groundsman Courses, Events and Information
The Somerset Cricket Grounds Association (SCGA) are running two online events to coincide with #GroundsWeek, (1st-7th March) an awareness campaign launched by the Grounds Management Association. Grounds week is the first-ever celebratory week highlighting the vital role of grounds staff, volunteers, and the role that the broader turf-care sector plays in making sport possible and keeping green spaces accessible with this national week.
New Services Launch and AGM- 1st March at 7pm
The first event will encompass the association’s AGM before going through a range of new services which are becoming available through the SCGA to help support clubs across Somerset to be able to improve the quality of their pitches and outfields building on the existing services offered through the trailer and aeration schemes.
Pre-Season Preparation Webinar with Dr Iain James and Scott Hawkins- 4th March at 7.30pm
Our second event is a webinar with Dr Iain James (Head of Facilities Services at ECB) and Scott Hawkins (Head Groundskeeper at Somerset County Cricket Club) on Pre- Season Preparation.
Dr Iain James has over 15 years’ experience as an applied soil scientist specialising in sports surface technology. Iain was Director of the Centre for Sports Surface Technology at Cranfield University before he joined the ECB where he headed up their a world-leading programme of research and teaching in Sports Surface Technology. His research investigated the performance, safety and sustainability of sports surfaces.
Scott Hawkins became Head of Groundskeeper at Somerset County Cricket Club taking over from Simon Lee in October 2019. Scott has a wealth of experience and held the position of Deputy Head Groundskeeper for Essex County Cricket Club before he took over as Head Groundskeeper at the highly respected Cricket Performance centre in La Manga, Spain
The pair will share their experiences and knowledge on Pre-Season Preparation and will answer questions raised both in advance and on the evening.
How do I book?
To book on these events and submit any questions for Iain or Scott please simply click on the following link: https://bit.ly/3pryMC6
Both events are being hosted on Zoom and the joining details will be sent to all participants the 24 hours before each event.
(ONLINE) Level 1 Cricket Grounds Maintenance- 3-4 hours
The Grounds Management Association (GMA) have a range of training courses that are suitable for the professional to the grass roots volunteer and have launched a new online Level 1 module on Cricket Grounds Maintenance to allow you to gain an awareness and general understanding of the tasks involved in maintaining playing surfaces.
There are three modules to this training course. All are designed to either give you a new understanding or build on your experiences so far.
- Requirements of the groundsperson and pitch
- Maintenance activities (Equipment and Machinery)
- Safe use and storage (Materials)
Each module has an informal self-assessment test, plus there is a formal end of course multiple choice assessment test, which is also online.
After you have completed these 3 modules, we will also suggest other topics of progression should you wish to continue to learn.
The course is £25.00 & can be booked by visiting: https://portal.iog.org/education/course/379841
Useful Information for Groundskeepers