The Grounds Management Association (GMA), formerly the IOG, are offering a wide range of support to clubs and groundskeepers to help keep pitches in a condition where they can be ready when cricket returns. The dedicated section of their website contains all the important guidance around safety and Maintenance and can be viewed here

There are also a number of interactive opportunities for clubs from the GMA and Somerset CCC:


Level 1 Cricket Grounds Maintenance - (ONLINE COURSE)

The Grounds Management Association (GMA) have launched a new online Level 1 module on Cricket Grounds Maintenance to allow you to gain an awareness and general understanding of the tasks involved in maintaining playing surfaces.

There are 3 modules to this training course. All are designed to either give you a new understanding or build on your experiences so far.

  • Requirements of the groundsperson and pitch
  • Maintenance activities (Equipment and Machinery)
  • Safe use and storage (Materials)

Each module has an informal self-assessment test, plus there is a formal end of course multiple choice assessment test, which is also online.

Cost: £25.00 (Incl. VAT)

Find out more and book here. 


GMA Live - Back to Play Webinar 

Delivered by Jason Booth (Director of Technical and Learning), Tom Rowley and Ian Mather-Brewster (Key Account Managers – Football & Cricket for GaNTIP), GMA Live: Back to Play will cover latest news and the GMA’s interim works documents.

Grounds Management Association has continued to network with sports bodies and government to provide the latest guidance for the sector. Their primary focus always remains the safety, as well as the physical and mental wellbeing everyone working in the industry and  also understand that each working situation and environment during this challenging time is a case-by-case scenario.

This webinar aims to help you understand:

  • What may happen to your surface if it’s not maintained
  • How you can bring your playing surface ‘back to play’
  • How the GMA is encouraging more volunteers to sign-up and help grassroots sports get ‘back to play’
  • Core grounds maintenance tasks, and how to identify these
  • Where to go for latest funding, advice and support

To find out more and register for the webinar on Wednesday 13 May CLICK HERE.  


Ask the Somerset CCC Groundsman...

Got a question for new Somerset County Cricket Club Head groundsman Scott Hawkins?

Somerset CCC are inviting supporters and fellow groundskeepers across the South West to submit their questions in this time of uncertainty. Whether it be advice on how to restart preparations on your Club ground or a query on mowing the lawn – Scott will take a selection of your questions and respond via a video created for this purpose.

Find out more and submit your question here.