Institute of Groundsmanship
The IOG is the body that represents groundsmen of all kinds and promotes the profession of groundsmanship to ensure quality surfaces for sport, leisure and recreation.
In cricketing terms all Wiltshire affiliated clubs are automatically affiliated to the Wiltshire Groundsmans Association who in turn are affiliated to the IOG. Through this affiliation Wiltshire clubs can receive subsidised places on the training courses that IOG provide.
With regards to training courses the IOG works closely with the ECB to provide training courses that are suitable to the art of cricket groundsmanship. Currently, the first stage on the ladder for a groundsman is to attend the IOG Foundation course, parts A and B and these courses are organised by County Groundsmans Associations in conjunction with IOG. However, beyond the foundation stage all courses are run on a regional and national basis with the next courses being Intermediate, then Advanced and then the full Management course.
For further details on each course please download a brief summary of the syllabus that each level of IOG groundsmans training covers.
Above, IOG Level one course held at Chippenham CC in 2010, course tutor Len Smith showing the delegates the R600 scarifier and how to use the machine.