Our History, Vision and Future


The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) was founded in 1934 by W H Bowles BEM, head groundsman at Eton College. The first 11 founder members formed the National Association of Groundsmen which became the Institute of Groundsmanship in 1969. The original purpose was defined as being to improve the status of groundsmen and the standard of groundsmanship.


"To promote quality surfaces and quality services and establish the IOG as 'the' leading professional organisation for grounds management, recognised by the National Governing Bodies of Sport and the public, private and voluntary sectors for its industry knowledge and technical expertise.'



The IOG Board is currently reviewing the Challenging Perceptions Strategy and will provide this site with a new vision and mission in the near future.

IOG Board Governance

A message from the IOG Chair - this section of the website sets out the new governance policies agreed by the IOG Board.