This programme was launched in April 2014 for a three year period. It is now funded by The IOG, the Football Foundation, The Football Association and England & Wales Cricket Board. One administrator, two account managers and nine regional pitch advisors are connected to this programme. Their aim is to raise the standards of sports surfaces as well as the understanding of sports turf management practices among grassroots sports clubs across England and Wales.
The team is managed by Jason Booth (previously head groundsman at Leeds Rhinos).
Key account managers:
Cricket: Ian Mather-Brewster
Football: Tom Rowley
Regional pitch advisors:
North East and Yorkshire: Ian Powell
North West: Ian Mather-Brewster
West Midlands: Kevin Duffill
Wales (ECB only): Len Smith
East Midlands: Currently Vacant
East: Phil Jeggo
South Central: Darren Symonds
Greater London: Rob Donnelly
South West: Simon Johnson