Supporter of the Rugby Grounds Connected programme

Mansfield Sand has been a long-standing supporter of the RFU’s Rugby Grounds Connected programme and the company’s expertise has been praised by former Twickenham head groundsperson and founder of the programme, Keith Kent and current head groundsperson, Jim Buttar.

The RFU’s Rugby Grounds Connected programme is a two-way communication network between the RFU and rugby union groundspersons. Many have benefited and it plays an integral role in raising the standards of hundreds of rugby pitches throughout the UK.

As well as keeping Twickenham Stadium immaculately groomed, head groundsperson Jim is also playing an active part in the initiative.

He said, “The Rugby Grounds Connected initiative is a big part of the role here and I am incredibly excited to be a part of its evolution. It’s a great platform in which I hope I’ll be able to influence and benefit the members. It’s all about sharing information and helping people to get a better understanding of how to look after their pitches”. 

The RFU choose to work with prominent suppliers on the scheme and Jim praised Mansfield Sand’s participation.

“We’ve tried to get companies involved that bring a specific set of products and services which we know will help members to raise their pitch standards and Mansfield Sand is one of those.

“They have helped in explaining to the members the various types of sand and it is nice to be able to utilise their expertise. They explain it in a way in which people can understand and appreciate."

Keith Kent is still heavily involved with the programme and urged the importance of using the correct sand. 

“Our job is to pass on our knowledge,” he said. “The basics are so important - drainage, aeration and sand – but it must be the right sand.

“I visit lots and lots of community rugby clubs and I will always say the most important thing they can buy is sand. If you use it - maybe 100 tonnes or 60 tonnes a year on your winter pitches, then in five years’ time you’ll say, ‘that Keith Kent knew what he was talking about!’. "

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