Grounds & Natural Turf Improvement Programme

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  Grounds & Natural Turf Improvement Programme

    Grounds & Natural Turf Improvement Programme

    Funded by The IOG, the Football Foundation, The Football Association and England & Wales Cricket Board, this programme is helping to raise pitch standards throughout grassroots sport.

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. 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).

The regional pitch advisors include:
Darren Symonds (South East region)
Ian Powell (North and Yorkshire region)
Ian Mather-Brewster (North West region)
Andy Clarke (London region)
Tom Rowley (East Midlands region)
Kevin Duffill (West Midlands) 
Rob Donnelly (London)