FA - Groundsman of the Year

19th January 2018
FA - Groundsman of the Year
The current award structure is as follows. There are separate awards for:
The Football Conference (Steps 1 and 2)
Southern League
Isthmian League
Steps 3 and 4 National Award
Steps 5 and 6 National Award
Step 7 and Below National Awar
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Dorset FA are seeking nominations for this season’s Groundsman of the Year Awards.
Read more at http://www.dorsetfa.com/news/2018/jan/groundsman-of-the-year-awards#deCbBDytTW7isGzK.99

 

The Dorset FA are seeking nominations for this season’s Groundsman of the Year Awards.

The Award was set up to recognise the contribution of these unsung heroes of the grassroots game and encourage the development of groundsmanship.


The majority of football in this country is played outside the Football League. Quality pitches are therefore essential for the development of football at every level. Grassroots groundsman, the vast majority of whom are volunteers, play a huge role in ensuring pitches are in their best possible condition, week in, week out. The Awards were set up to recognise the contribution of these ‘unsung heroes’, who work in all weather, all year round, to make sure that thousands of matches can take place on a high standard of playing surface.


The current award structure is as follows. There are separate awards for:
The Football Conference (Steps 1 and 2)
Southern League
Isthmian League
Steps 3 and 4 National Award
Steps 5 and 6 National Award
Step 7 and Below National Award

Step 1 – 6 Clubs are nominated by their respective Leagues, while Step 7 and below Clubs are nominated by their County FA. The top recommendations from each League and County are visited by our judges.


The six judges are all Groundsmen at Premier League and Championship football clubs across the country. They not only look at the quality of the pitch, but also take into consideration the Groundsman’s skills and knowledge, their ambitions for the pitch, the resources available, how often the pitch is used, and the amount of time they are able to work on the pitch.

The winning Groundsmen in each category are presented with a trophy at their respective home grounds on the day of a pre-season friendly or league game and then are recognised again at our Awards Night. The Groundsman of the Year Awards Presentation brings together all the award winners, runners-up and highly commended groundsman for a day at St. George’s Park which includes lunch, a tour of the facility and the awards presentation.


The first ranked Dorset club groundsman will go forward to the national judging stage and undergo independent adjudication.

To nominate your groundsman at Step 7 and below please compete and return the form below to Kath Purnell, County Facilities and Marketing Officer, by email: kathryn.purnell@dorsetfa.com

Or post to:

The Dorset County Football Association

The County Ground

Blandford Close

Hamworthy

Poole

Dorset

BH15 4BF


Closing date for entries is Thursday 1st March 2018


Documents - Nomination Form 2018 - Steps 7 & Below

Please CLICK HERE