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Thursday, August 09, 2018

Highground Maintenance At Groundsman Of The Year Awards

Ben Bowen At Edgar Street Last Saturday
It's the FA Groundsman of the Year awards at St George's Park today and once again Highground Maintenance, who look after the pitch at Edgar Street, are in with a good chance of an award.

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.

Update from Ben Bowen's TwitterAccount: Over the moon for this for our team,3rd for southern league,#greatteam#fantastic volunteers#greatclub 

Here's a look at one of the questionnaires Hereford FC have had to answer about their groundsman.

1. Is the Groundsman a volunteer or contractor and are they part-time or full-time?

2. Does the Groundsman work alone and how many years have they been looking after the pitch?

3. How many hours per week are dedicated to pitch maintenance?

4. How many games / training sessions are held on the pitch / pitches over a season?

5. Does the Groundsman have control over whether games are cancelled due to weather etc.?

6. How does the Groundsman deal with intensive play?

7. How much finance is available to spend on the pitch each season and who manages this?

8. What would the Groundsman like to do if the money were available?
9. What equipment and machinery is available for the Groundsman to use? Is this used to implement a maintenance programme?

10. What types of aeration are available?

11. Does the Groundsman have a feeding and irrigation programme? If so, what is it?

12. How has the Groundsman gained and increased their knowledge of pitch maintenance?

13. Any other comments in support of the Club Groundsman and their work? Please include photos of your pitch & equipment to support your answers and nomination form