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Calling all Bowls Clubs ………………………………

Now that the Bowls season is coming to a close it is a good time to take stock of your green and consider what work is needed to restore and renovate the turf, and put it to bed for the winter.

We would love to help you to do this to maximum effect, particularly if you are one of the band of stalwarts who keep the greens playable – and more – on a voluntary basis.  If you can bring 6 or more of your fellow greenkeepers together we will come and run our Lantra-accredited  Bowls Greens Maintenance course at your club.  Maybe your counterparts from other local clubs could join in?  Just let me know if this is of interest and I will do the rest!

If you are in the Cambridge/Peterborough area, there are still just a couple of places left on our Bowls Greens Maintenance course at March.


Click here for our full Autumn programme of open courses 

Supervisory Essentials for Head Groundsmen/Greenkeepers and Deputies

Dates have now been secured with Frank Newberry to repeat this highly successful suite of 4 Workshops in MILTON KEYNES.

You can take any, or all four, of the Workshops:

13 November                    Taking Charge

11 December                     Getting Better Results

5 February                        Enhanced Communication Skills

26 February                      Problem Solving and Decision Making

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Also delivered by Frank Newberry:

Dealing With Difficult People & Situations at Work, Milton Keynes, 16 October

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Our focus is on training which supports Groundsmen to create quality sports and amenity facilities.   Many of our courses are also suitable for Greenkeepers, Contractors and Landscapers.

Pitchcare is the ONLY independently accredited provider of customised one day training courses specifically for the sports turf industry.

Our LANTRA accredited courses include:

Cricket Pitch Maintenance
Winter Sports Pitch Maintenance

Bowls Greens Maintenance
Artificial Surfaces Maintenance

Why is this accreditation important?

Because LANTRA is the Government approved Sector Skills Council for the Sports Turf Industry, recognised by employers and insurers. Unlike other providers who offer self evaluated and self assessed training, Pitchcare courses, their content and instructors are all independently assessed and verified by LANTRA.

LANTRA and NPTC are your guarantees of quality.

We specialise in group training on site at the client’s premises, and welcome enquiries from local authorities, schools, groundcare and property maintenance contractors etc.

Topics available for groups include:

Winter Sports Turf Maintenance, Bowls Greens and Synthetic Sports Surfaces Maintenance, Spring Cricket Preparations, Autumn Cricket Renovations, Pesticides PA1/PA2/PA6, Stem Injection Treatment for the Control of Invasive Species such as Japanese Knotweed, Basic Tree Survey & Inspection, Lantra/NPTC Machinery and Equipment including Chainsaws.

We also offer a range of public courses, mainly in the Midlands and Southern England, which individuals are welcome to attend.  These are available to book online – click on the “Courses” link above for further information and booking links.



Group Training We offer a wide range of competitively priced courses covering all aspects of turf culture and land-based operations,  available for delivery to groups, often on-site at the client's premises. Instructor to learner ratios are in accordance with Lantra requirements, typically 1 : 4 or   1 : 6.  (1:14 for Basic Tree Survey & Inspection). The Pitchare 1-day, Lantra accredited Turf Maintenance courses are available to groups of 6-10 groundstaff from local clubs, and offer preferential rates for the host club. Please email me  chris@pitchcare.com  with details of your particular requirements.
Football Rugby Cricket
Tennis Golf Bowls

General Sports Turf Maintenance Courses

These 1-day theory courses have been designed to provide a basic overview of the machinery, equipment and processes involved in sports ground maintenance. They will be of equal benefit to those who work alone on a sports ground, including volunteers and part time grounds people, or members of groundstaff teams. They are also ideal for those new to the industry and, of course, it’s a great opportunity to spend a day with your fellow turf professionals!

The courses are accredited by Lantra Awards and are delivered by an experienced turf professional, so delegates can be sure that as well as the basic course content they will pick up lots of tips and sound advice.

Each delegate receives a Lantra Awards Certificate of Attendance and a copy of the comprehensive Course Manual, which contains a month-by-month annual maintenance programme for future reference and as a reminder of the techniques and skills covered on the day.

Management Skills

It was fantastic to work with this year’s delegates and help them develop their own skills as Managers and Supervisors.

The course will be offered again in autumn/winter 2014/2015.  It is sure to be popular, so if you would like to be added to our database receive information about dates and venue(s), email chris@pitchcare.com

More details about the four Supervisory Essentials Workshops

Dealing with Difficult People and Situations

Frank also leads this 1-day course which has proved invaluable in helping those whose day-to-day work brings them into contact with the general public, typically school sports fields, local authority amenity land, village or community sports facilities or play areas, public parks and gardens, theme and leisure parks.

Inevitably such people will meet situations of potential conflict and misunderstanding. Such events demand well-developed communication skills if they are to be dealt with sensitively with the best possible outcome being achieved for all concerned.

More details about the Dealing with Difficult People and Situations course

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All Courses Available

Below you will find a list of all the courses available. For further information on a particular course, click the relevant title.

Those marked with an * are public courses which individuals may attend. For all other courses, we welcome group enquiries to chris@pitchcare.com.

To view all our current public courses, click Booking Now.

Safe Use of Pesticides: This course is a legally required qualification by the Control of Pesticide Regulations for anyone applying pesticides on a commercial basis. It is divided into 13 units. Read More.