Throughout 2015 the IOG has been working alongside Briggs & Stratton, a global petrol engine manufacturer for lawnmowers and outdoor power equipment, to find amateur sports teams whose pitches were in need of a makeover.
Pitch to Win is a competition that gives away more than £12,000 worth of pitch makeovers to football, cricket and rugby league teams. Earlier this year it was reported that the winning football team was Clifford Juniors from Yorkshire; the remaining results have now been announced.
The winning rugby league club is Bury Broncos and the cricket team is Normanby Park from Scunthorpe. Each team will receive £3,000 to renovate its pitch, along with expert advice from the IOG which will recommend the best way to treat problems and renovate the turf.
In total nine teams received a cash prize, as well as brand new kit and pitchside sponsorship from Briggs & Stratton. The nine teams were:
Football – (1st) Clifford Juniors, (2nd) Gilmorton FC, (3rd) Haunchwood Sports
Cricket – (1st) Normanby Park, (2nd) Salesbury Cricket Club, (3rd) Eight Ash Green
Rugby League – (1st) Bury Broncos, (2nd) Thatto Heath, (3rd) Westhoughton Lions.
The three winners will now battle it out to decide which has the worst pitch in the country to win a further £1,000 winter maintenance top up and be crowned the overall winner.