Dennis & SISIS Cricket Pitch Renovation Day a huge success
Dennis and SISIS recently hosted their first ever Cricket Pitch Renovation Day which has been hailed a huge success.
Over the past few years Dennis and SISIS have held pre-season indoor seminars for anyone responsible for the maintenance of a cricket pitch. The seminars, which have taken place at various venues across the country, have brought together over 1100 cricket groundsmen from grass roots, local and county clubs, international test venues, local authorities and schools and colleges.
Building on the success of these seminars, Dennis and SISIS working in conjunction with Chris Wood (ECB Pitch Consultant) and Ian Smith (St Albans School Turf Consultant) decided to introduce a Cricket Pitch Renovation Day, which combines a mixture of thought-provoking indoor presentations with outside practical demonstrations. This exciting new chapter in the â€œFor the Groundsmen by the Groundsmenâ€ series began at St Albans School Woollam Trust, where over 160 delegates made their way to see the new concept.
The event, which was supported by Boughton Loam, CricketWorld.com, Durrant Cricket, Limagrain UK, RT Machinery, Ecosol Turfcare, Poweroll and Headland Amenity was started by a warm welcome from Robert Jack (Dennis and SISIS) and Mark Illott (St Albans School Cricket Professional and former Essex and England Cricketer). The introduction provided a fascinating insight into the schoolâ€™s prestigious sporting history and the standards that they adhere to which ensures that the school boasts some of the finest sporting facilities in the UK.
Renowned Turf Consultant Alex Vickers, then took to the stage to deliver a presentation entitled Principles of decision making for autumn renovations & profile reading. Alex demonstrated his vast amount of knowledge as he proceeded to offer valuable tips and advice through a series of visual slides.
Following a refreshment break, Rob Kendle from ATB Sports Solutions offered his expertise on End of season renovations before an innovative new feature took place called Soil Core Clinic. Prior to the seminar, attendees were encouraged to bring with them core samples from their respective facilities. The samples were projected onto the huge screen and examined in detail by Sussex County Cricket Club's Head Groundsman Andy Mackay and Keith Exton from Perfect Pitches (UK) Ltd. It was particularly useful for visitors who may have had any soil profiles that were causing problems or concerns, as Keith and Andy discussed a number of ways in how it could be improved.
A complimentary lunch signalled the half-way point, before delegates made their way outside for the outdoor demonstrations. Divided into three groups, visitors spent 40 minutes at three different cricket squares where specific renovation work was being carried out.