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Pitch Perfect Advice For Clubs & Counties


In his annual report, Ard Stiúrthóir Tom Ryan singled out grounds staff around the country for special praise as the condensed winter championship was run off without issue on pristine pitches across the land. 

The GAA’s national pitch work group have been busy in recent weeks making sure that the good work continues into 2021 and beyond.   Such was the success of a recent seminar held for ground staff in Munster that a plan is in place tol host similar gatherings on line for the other three provinces, while the details of the presentations delivered have also been made available. 

Stuart Wilson is the Pitch Manager at Croke Park. He stated: “We carried out an ask the pitch expert seminar/webinar trial with 40 representatives from clubs around the Munster region which was very successful. The panel including myself, Dr Ian McClements (STRI) and John Coogan (Nowlan Park, Kilkenny). In the hour and a half session the Munster representatives asked all sorts of questions relating to pitch maintenance, anything from construction of pitches to mowing of pitches. 

“Due to the success and very positive feedback of the event, we are now going to carry out an official ask the pitch expert with the Munster region later this month which will then move on to the other three provinces with dates to be announced.”