[lead]Downend CC’s Mike Barfoot was named Groundsman of the Year at an event to relaunch the Gloucestershire Grounds Association (GGA).[/lead]
More than 30 people from across the county attended the day at the Brightside Ground, Bristol which saw Gloucestershire Cricket’s head groundsman Sean Williams confirmed as the GGA’s new chairman.
The participants also heard from some of the top names in the industry including ECB pitch advisor Jason Hobbs.
Matt Gresty from Limagrain gave a presentation on grass seed, fertiliser and autumn renovations while Stuart Canvas Clint Hillhouse spoke about the care and repair of artificial surfaces.
Mike Barfoot received his award in recognition of the work he has done developing Downend’s ground and for the consistently high marks he has received for his pitches.
Hambrook’s Roland Allen was also a winner, taking home a Stuart Canvas flat sheet cover after being pulled out of the hat in the prize draw.
Machinery firms Baroness and H Curtis and Sons also attended with a number of their machines.
Gloucestershire Cricket Board clubs and programmes officer ERIC Woodmason said: It was a very good day and a nice way to relaunch the Gloucestershire Grounds Association.
With Sean taking over as chairman we are in a great position to establish the GGA and ensure that it plays its part in helping support the county’s groundsmen. They are an integral part of the cricket community as without them our clubs and leagues simply wouldn’t exist.