Staffordshire FA – in conjunction with The Football Association – are once again coordinating the Groundsman of the Year Awards for the 2017/18 season, for all clubs/organisations operating at Step 7 and below of the football pyramid.
We’re delighted to announce that this year’s awards will be supported by Rigby Taylor – the UK’s leading supplier of products for the improvement, maintenance and construction of sports, amenity and landscape areas. Rigby Taylor’s support with the awards will include the following prizes:
- Top 10 clubs/organisations shortlisted – will receive a free bag of Rigby Taylor R41 100% Perennial Ryegrass Blend Grass Seed (RT online price £101.10).
- Top 3 clubs/organisations – will receive a free pitch visit & report from one of the Staffordshire FA Pitch Advisors.
- Award winner – will receive a free Rigby Taylor line-marking machine.
Groundsmen at this level of the game are nearly all volunteers who give up countless hours of their time to provide the best pitches possible with limited resources, equipment and budgets. The Groundsmen of the Year Awards is a great opportunity for these volunteer be recognised locally, with the top three Groundsmen in Staffordshire receiving awards at the prestigious County FA Community Awards event in the summer. The Staffordshire winner will also be put forward for national consideration by The Football Association.
Nominations can be made by completing the APPLICATION FORM and returning it to Gareth Thomas on the details below.
The deadline to nominate is Monday 5 March 2018.
Last year’s winners of this competition were John Wightman (Abbey Hulton United FC), Chris Burton (Hawkins Sports FC), and Roger Ibbs (AC Milton).
The Staffordshire FA judging panel will visit those clubs/organisations shortlisted for a visit the week commencing the 12 March 2018. The judging panel will use a set of marking criteria which takes into account the club’s resources, equipment, budget, pitch usage, and the individual challenges faced by each groundsman.
For further information on the awards please contact Football Development Officer (Adult), Gareth Thomas on any of the following:
(T): 01785 256994 (ext. 207)
(M): 07815 295723