A Groundsperson maintains training facilities and pitches. They prepare playing surfaces, mark out pitches and remove rubbish and debris. However, a Groundsperson is also expected to carry out more generic roles, such as salting and pest control.
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A Groundsperson may be asked to prepare a range of playing surfaces depending on how a manager wants to play in a game. When working on football pitches, a Groundsperson may be asked to prepare a dry, uncut pitch, while if a cricket team has plenty of spinners the Groundsperson may be asked to create a dry pitch.
An NVQ in Turf Maintenance or similar field is essential. PA1, PA2 and PA6 Safe Use of Pesticides qualifications are desirable, as is an Institute of Groundsmanship qualification. Typically, though, experience is valued over qualifications.
Experience in horticulture is essential. It’s desirable for applicants to have experience of preparing pitches for high performance teams. They should be comfortable using a range of equipment to prepare playing surfaces.