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IOG tap in to Mayor's Legacy Skills
February 1, 2011

The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG), the leading membership organisation for everyone involved in the management of sports pitches, landscape and amenity facilities, has become a partner in the newly-announced Mayor's Legacy Skills Investment programme that is making £3 million available to volunteers in sport in London.

As a result, the IOG has announced a programme of subsidised (by up to 75 per cent) training courses for groundscare volunteers.

The mayor, Boris Johnson, has provided the National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure with the cash to upskill and increase the number of people living in London who give up their time to volunteer in sport. This is to meet the high level of demand for physical activity that the 2012 Games is expected to bring.

The money will be invested in the training of volunteers, arming them with the skills to support the running, growth and sustainability of their local sports clubs.

As a partner of the Mayor's Legacy Skills programme, the IOG wants to ensure that those who are already volunteers have the right skills and are able to progress, and that those new to volunteering are given the correct tools to allow them to make the most of their contribution.

The IOG's programme of courses for volunteer grounds people embraces:

Winter Pitches Foundation, February 8, LSE Sports Ground, New Malden & March 17, Richmond Athletics, Richmond;

Cricket Foundation, March 24, LSE Sports Ground;

Cricket Intermediate, March 31, LSE Sports Ground;

Cricket Advanced, April 5, LSE Sports Ground.

The National Skills Academy will subsidise the cost of the training by up to 75 per cent in exchange for voluntary hours, anywhere within London's 33 boroughs, by grounds volunteers using their new skills (the applicant/club will pay the remaining amount). The number of hours needed depends on the price of the course and the level of subsidy required.

Each applicant will need to provide details of where they are planning to deliver their committed hours and a referee who will be able to vouch for those hours (the referee will sign off the volunteer hours over a six-month period).

All courses must be booked online:

More training course dates are currently being organised. Visit for more information.

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