Grounds and Pitch Management
Whether your club is lucky enough to have its own facilities or you hire from the local council, you might be thinking about developing new pitches or maybe upgrading the ones you’ve already got in order to grow your club or increase the amount of usage the pitch can take.
The Institute of Groundmanship is a professional organisation for grounds management. It delivers training opportunities, conference and award programmes across the UK. It also offers its members guidance on employment issues such as health and safety.
For projects involving grassed areas – to include football pitches, rugby pitches, bowls greens and cricket squares, amongst others – we recommend you obtain a Performance Quality Standard (PQS). This is an independent conditions report that is carried out by an accredited consultant, under the banner of the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG). The PQS will detail the current condition of the parcel of land in question. It will also suggest the nature of the problem(s), as well as the type and approximate cost of remedial works.
For more information on this, please contact Ceri Richards (Sport Wales) on 029 20338246.
Sport England has also produced a handy pitch and court size comparator booklet which will give you guidelines on what age groups need what pitch sizes in a variety of sports.
The chances of being affected by floods may be low but the impact on your club could be massive. Sport England has worked with several National Governing Bodies to produce a set of information sheets that can help you plan for the risk of floods if applicable to your club.
Have a read at how Glyn Ceiriog RFC and Bryncoch RFC have developed their pitches to increase the usage it can take and grow club numbers (case study here)
Alternatively, email the Sport Wales grants team who will be able to guide you further.