Industry Recognition for Green-keeping Apprentice
A Hadlow College Level 3 green-keeping apprentice, and his team, working for a Premier League club in North London has been jointly awarded a trophy for the best pitch in the League.
Recognising the importance of the quality of pitches for professional football, the award is run by the Playing Surfaces Committee in conjunction with the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI). It is designed to encourage the grounds team to produce high-quality playing surfaces.
The final score of each club’s performance comprises a number of different elements throughout the season, including marks from match referees and match delegates, as well as a pitch assessment which takes account of the different environmental elements such as shade and available resources.
Given the number of people involved in preparing pitches each week, an award of this calibre recognises individual as well as collective effort. Grounds staff are fundamental to the success of the club but often play a part that is unacknowledged. However, theirs is one of the few careers which provides an opportunity to demonstrate their skills on a daily basis to millions of people around the world.