Landmark ECB Funding deal
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is this year ploughing a massive £460,000 of support into the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) to co-fund a Fine Turf Project Manager and a major joint research programme.
This substantial cash injection reflects how the IOG is increasingly being recognised by cricket grounds managers as the first port of call for fine turf technical help and advice.
In addition, because the financial backing for the research project has been made with support from ECB/Sport England, the IOG has now taken another substantial step forward in achieving the Training and Education targets laid down in its Challenging Perceptions strategic plan. This outlined the IOG’s intention to invest, with partners, at least £500,000 over the next six years via its 2012 Fund.
The Fund – which will be targeted at projects that have the potential to benefit individual grounds managers, the wider industry and lead to better quality playing surfaces – will include this ECB and Sport England project, which has yet to be defined.
Commenting on the announcement, Bruce Cruse, ECB Facilities & Funding Manager, said:
“The ECB contribution towards the appointment of an IOG FineTurf Project Manager formally recognises the natural role that is being played by the IOG in providing help and advice to an increasing number of cricket grounds professionals and volunteers. The cash will ensure this function is resourced correctly and continues to provide a much-needed and highly professional service for this growing area of IOG membership.
“The £40,000 being provided with support from Sport England will help towards a major research project which will have lasting benefits for the quality of cricket grounds and, therefore, it will contribute greatly towards improved standards throughout the sport.”
Geoff Webb, IOG chief executive, said: “Our excellent ongoing relationship with the ECB has been further endorsed by these generous co-operative gestures, and I am pleased to see that we are already starting to reach some of the signposts laid down last year by our Challenging Perceptions strategy.”