The FA Groundsman of the Year 2018
Does your club's groundsman go above and beyond to ensure the pitch is in top condition?
Why not nominate them for this year's FA Groundsman of the Year Awards?
Now in its 11th year, the awards were set up to recognise the efforts of groundsmen at grassroots level, who volunteer their time to provide the best pitches possible using very few resources. This competition is a great way for these volunteers to get recognised on a local and national level whilst also having the opportunity to meet and talk with the professional Groundsmen who conduct the judging.
To nominate a groundsman, simply download and complete the nomination form (below) and email to Middlesex FA's Head of Facility Investment, Stuart Allen, at firstname.lastname@example.org before Thursday 1st March 2018.
Note: the nomination process is only open to club groundsmen at Steps 7 or below. Club groundsmen at Steps 1-6 will be nominated by their respective leagues.
Summary of 2016/2017 Awards
The Awards Day followed in the footsteps of the successful 2016 competition and took place in mid-August at St George’s Park. The nominees were given a guided tour of the site as well as an insightful presentation from Karl Standley (Head Groundsman at Wembley Stadium) and also a question and answer workshop with professional groundsmen from Southampton and Manchester City along with Karl from Wembley. The awards ceremony took place in the afternoon with members of The FA Facilities Committee presenting the winners with their certificates and trophies.
The winners were then invited as special guests for the England v Slovenia friendly fixture in October. The winners enjoyed the hospitality on offer before being treated to an opportunity to join the Wembley Ground Staff next to the pitch at half time.