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Grounds Training Courses
Grounds Training was established ten years ago to provide a complete and unique service delivering training courses for the sports turf industry.  In addition to open courses for individuals, we are also able to offer on-site, bespoke training for groups of four or more people.  As well as organising and delivering our portfolio of Pitchcare-designed turf maintenance and customised courses, Grounds Training also works with the industry’s awarding bodies – Lantra and NPTC – to deliver a range of courses including Safe Use of Pesticides, Machinery and Turf Management.

On consecutive days in August we are holding a range of courses at Basingstoke Sports & Social Club for £150 + VAT per course.

The course details are as follows:

Monday, 21st August - Cricket Pitch Maintenance (Autumn & Winter)
Tuesday, 22nd August - Winter Sports Pitch Maintenance (Rugby & Football)

Both the above are one-day theory courses giving an overview of all processes, machinery and equipment required to produce and maintain a quality playing surface, always with an emphasis on Health and Safety.  No practical work takes place on the day but time is spent out on the pitch to discuss its condition and any particular challenges.

Wednesday, 23rd August
In addition to the above Basic Turf Maintenance courses, we are holding an Initial Sports Line Marking course.  The course will introduce the basic competencies for setting out sports markings from scratch, preparation and application of line marking and materials. It is designed to provide knowledge and understanding of the range of line marking machines and line marking materials available for use. A light practical session will take place to put your knowledge into practice.

Included for each course is a free, comprehensive manual (90+ pages) for your reference – RRP £40.  Each course is Lantra accredited.

If you feel you, or any of your members, would benefit from these courses we would love to hear from you. You can book online

Or alternatively,

Please contact our Training department on (01902) 440251 or via email
[email protected]

The Instructor
Martin has over 30 years’ experience within the ground care industry. In 1984 Martin commenced his career in the valleys of South Wales with Taff Ely Borough Council, where he learnt his trade as a groundsman. Working his way through the ranks Martin departed Wales in 2000 to the post of Area Grounds Maintenance Officer for Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council.

Recently Martin has decided to concentrate on sharing his knowledge and experience to become a freelance instructor. Delivering nationwide a variety of NPTC /City & Guilds Course covering Safe Use of Pesticides, Tractors Machinery and Hand-Held Equipment, to groundsmen all around the country and recently becoming a NPTC/City & Guilds Pesticides Assessor. Martin also delivers a wide variety of Lantra Accredited Sports Ground Maintenance courses.

"Broadening Your Horizons - a European Perspective"
7th & 8th September 2017
Brussels, Belgium

Symposium Brochure

The International Institute of Municipal Clerks is holding its second European Symposium which provide an opportunity to meet with and learn from inspiring international speakers and your colleagues around the world about democracy in action with a specific focus on Europe.

IIMC Symposium Information Web Site Page

Translation services will be provided.

This Symposium is open to all SLCC members  
•    Deadline for Early Bird registration ends 30th April 2017
•    No registrations will be accepted after Thursday 17th August 2017
Delegate Fee on or before 30th April 2017 - US$233
Additional Guest for Gala Dinner on or before 30th April 2017 - US$97

For wire transfers or invoicing, please email Janet Pantaleon at
[email protected].  Please be sure to read Terms and Conditions before registering.  

Online Registration Form (credit card only)

How to Look After Your Listed Building
19th & 20th October 2017
Brackley, Northamptonshire
2 day course for Local Council Clerks and Officers

This FREE course is aimed at anybody who works in or looks after listed buildings as an organisation, company or local council. Perhaps you are taking over a museum from the county council? Maybe your offices are based in a Victorian Town Hall? As part of Brackley Town Hall's restoration project, the Heritage Lottery Fund have given money to deliver this course FREE to all attendees.

Following 2016's acclaimed event, we are running this course for a second year. Over two days, delegates will learn about what listing is, how it works and how it applies to you. You will learn about Conservation Management plans and Maintenance plans and how best to introduce these to your own councils as well as lots of practical advice from a whole team of experts.

The course is facilitated and run by Iain Soden, from IS Heritage, (http://isheritage.co.uk/) who has a vast array of experience and a career spanning archaeology, historic buildings and heritage sites. He will call upon many of his contacts to help deliver the course so delegates will really get the opportunity to 'Ask the Expert' when it comes to listed buildings, working in historic settings and what to look out for, avoid and encourage.

Lunch and refreshments will be provided throughout the two day course.

Click here to book now and avoid disappointment!

Feedback from 2016’s Event -

‘I thought it was a very good event and the only one I have seen of this type in 12 years as Clerk! Well done!’ Town Clerk, Wotton-Under-Edge Town Council

‘It was all FAB! It was really interesting and useful to learn about the role of the conservation team at our local authority.’
Council Officer, Wisbech Town Council



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