Rugby Groundsmen Connected RUGBY GROUNDSMEN CONNECTED • What is it? • What are the benefits to groundsmen? • What are the benefits to the RFU and the game? • Future Steps • Questions and Suggestions Rugby Groundsmen Connected – bringing groundsmen together…. RUGBY GROUNDSMEN CONNECTED • Launched October 2014 to establish a network/database of groundsmen • Single RFU communication channel for all pitch maintenance related information • Register to receive information, advice, offers and opportunities • Registration is free - email registration to [email protected] • Open to anyone with an interest or enthusiasm for pitch maintenance Rugby Groundsmen Connected – advice, support and opportunities RUGBY GROUNDSMEN CONNECTED – GROUNDSMEN BENEFITS All support for pitch maintenance will be rooted through Rugby Groundsmen Connected ie • Keith Kent club visits • Keith Kent Pitch Maintenance Days/Evenings (RGC branded polo shirts) • Access to RFU discount for Keith Kent club equipment package • Access to grant funding for pitch improvements • Unique awards/opportunities to spend a match day with KK at Twickenham Clubs will not have access to any of the above if they do not have someone registered RUGBY GROUNDSMEN CONNECTED – RFU BENEFITS • Give groundsmen an enhanced identity within the game • Enable important information to reach the right people, quickly – ie drought/flooding advice • Improve the quality of pitches • Improve the carrying capacity of pitches • Enable us to get feedback direct from groundsmen RUGBY GROUNDSMEN CONNECTED – FUTURE PLANS • Regional/CB based sub groups • Links to Premiership/elite groundsmen • Awards evenings • Central purchasing of materials • Regular chance to spend a match day with Keith Kent RUGBY GROUNDSMEN CONNECTED – IN SUMMARY • It’s new but the RFU is serious about it and it will be here long term • All support for pitch maintenance will be through Rugby Groundsmen Connected • Very simple to register and be involved • Lots of immediate benefits • The support packages and tangible benefits will evolve over time • Spread the word!!!! RUGBY GROUNDSMEN CONNECTED • Questions? • Suggestions? Follow us on twitter @rugbygroundsmen ‘England Rugby’ and the RFU Rose are trade marks of the Rugby Football Union.