0 New Grounds Association aims to improve Gloucestershire pitches

prThe new Gloucestershire Groundsman's Association (GGA) will be officially launched at a special event at the Bristol Pavilion on January 29.

The evening - which starts at 7pm - will include a talk from grass specialist Matt Gresty, an AGM and the presentation of the Gloucestershire Groundsman of the Year Award.

There will also be a free bar and buffet and a chance for groundsmen to discuss what they want from the new association.

The GGA is sponsored by the GCB's new club development sponsor Total Play and representatives from the pitch and groundwork equipment specialists will be present on the night.

GCB chief executive Steve Silk said: "It is fantastic that we now have an association that is able to support and develop our groundsmen in Gloucestershire. The GGA will play a key role in giving our groundsmen the advice and skills they need to improve the quality of the county's playing facilities. This in turn will help improve the quality of cricket played throughout Gloucestershire.

"We are delighted to welcome Total Play on board as our sponsor. Their reputation in providing pitches and ground equipment is second to none and their expertise will be of huge benefit to our clubs and groundsmen."

The GGA will be led by chairman Martin Ford, who brings a wealth of experience from his role as fine turf manager for the ECB. Frenchay CC's Sue Brees - who is also minutes secretary on the GCB Youth League and Performance Development Group, has accepted the role of secretary.

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