IOG calls for groundscare industry input over Government's new sports strategy consultation

The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) is asking the UK groundscare industry for its suggestions to help Government shape a new cross-departmental strategy for sport.

All views will be assimilated by the IOG – the leading membership organisation for everyone involved in the maintenance and management of sports pitches, landscape and amenity facilities in the UK – which will then submit its suggestions to bolster the case for groundsmanship and the turf industry.

The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has opened a consultation on its new strategy for sport and has asked the IOG for its views. The consultation will close on 2 October 2015. 

As part of the process, which will see the release of first new sports strategy since 2002, the DCMS will be collecting feedback via online submissions and respondents will be asked a series of 70 questions around 10 core themes. Participants are invited to view these themes included in the consultation, by downloading the document from https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/a-new-strategy-for-sport-consultation and the IOG suggests that particular attention should be paid to Theme 7, Infrastructure.

Commenting, IOG chief executive Geoff Webb, says: “We hope the review will take account of and, indeed, change the culture of thinking when it comes to managing and maintaining sports grounds at a grassroots level.

“The IOG will continue to make the case for groundsmanship with a view to establishing a more proactive rather than reactive case for our sector. We will look closely at how groundsmanship can be better integrated into everyday planning and thinking so that it is clear how well-planned and managed groundscare routines can have a positive impact on participation and sustainability of sports grounds, of every type of surface.

“The IOG is preparing its own response, and we also inviting our members to share their views with us.”

Feedback, by email to ceo@iog.org, is required by the IOG by 7 September.