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Requirements: The knowledge which underpins the required skills will allow a Sports Turf Operative to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the principles of the maintenance and renovation requirements of different sports turf surfaces which are appropriate to their level of apprenticeship and the specific needs of the industry sector. These are:

Compliance with

environmental and health and safety legislation and regulations.

Compliance with policies and procedures -

company, client, health and safety risk assessments, rules of the game from the different Governing Bodies of Sport.

The identification and correct application

of materials, tools, equipment and machinery used in maintenance and renovation activities.

Identification and understanding of

different grasses, soil types, weeds, pests, diseases, turf disorders, artificial surfacing material, underlays, infill material, turf and soil reinforcement material, line marking materials.

The principles of

photosynthesis, respiration and transpiration in the growth and development of plants.

The impact of

weather, ground conditions and usage on pitch quality and playing quality.

The different

Performance Quality Standards for a range of different sports turf surfaces.

How to minimise

waste and reduce environmental impacts.

How to monitor,

record and report basic grounds maintenance findings.