IoG partners Boris Johnson's sports volunteering programme

The Institute of Groundsmanship (IoG) has become a partner in Boris Johnson's new skills investment programme in London.

The IoG has unveiled plans for a programme of subsidised training courses for groundscare volunteers as part of the Mayor’s Legacy Skills Investment programme.

The £3 million programme aims to encourage more people to volunteer in sport in London ahead of the 2010 Olympic games, through the National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure.

Money will be invested in training volunteers to help run their local sports clubs, and subsidies of up to 75 per cent are available for a number of IoG courses in return for volunteering hours anywhere within London’s 33 boroughs.

Courses on offer include:

  • Winter Pitches Foundation – March 17 at Richmond Athletics, Richmond
  • Cricket Foundation – March 24 at LSE Sports Ground, New Malden
  • Cricket Intermediate – March 31 at LSE Sports Ground
  • Cricket Advance – April 5 at LSE Sports Ground

Applicants will need to provide details of where they plan on doing their voluntary hours along with a referee who can vouch for the hours.

To apply for a course visit:

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