Nottinghamshire County FA would like to thank all clubs that took time to nominate their groundsman for The FA Groundsman of the Year 2018.
We have been collating nominations over the past couple of months in order to identify our top three groundsmen, these awards provide a great opportunity to recognise and reward club groundsmen in Nottinghamshire.
Following the receipt of nominations, a panel from Nottinghamshire FA selected their top three nominations to submit to The Football Association for independent judging, as part of their annual National Awards.
This year’s awards are again supported by Fleet (Line Markers) Ltd who will supply prizes to the top three county winners. The three groundsmen in Nottinghamshire were from Collingham FC, Underwood Villa FC and The University of Nottingham (host to multiple grassroots teams), who will be provided prizes supplied by Fleet to put towards the upkeep of their grounds.
Nottinghamshire FA would like to commend all club groundsmen for the great work that they do on a day to day basis. In particular, we would like to congratulate those three shortlisted:
Gerry Williams from Collingham FC (who will receive Kombi Line Marker & 2 Drums of Super C Paint courtesy of Fleet Line Markers)
Martyn Goodfellow from Underwood Villa FC (who will receive 2 Drums of Super C Paint courtesy of Fleet Line Markers)
Greg Smith from University of Nottingham (who will receive 1 Drum of Pitchmarker C Paint courtesy of Fleet Line Markers)
Our three winners will also be invited to The Nottinghamshire County FA’s Annual Awards which will take place later this year, to share their success with other grassroots football volunteers from across the county.
In the meantime, The FA judges will now use their discretion to score the top groundsmen from across the country based on their individual contribution and ambition to improve their pitches.
Ricky Stevenson, Business Development Manager at The Nottinghamshire FA said: “Year on year grounds-people nationwide dedicate an ever increasing amount of hours into the grassroots game to ensure the game can be played how it should, on high quality surfaces.
Gerry has made excellent progress and we’re delighted that he’s been awarded Nottinghamshire’s Groundsman of the Year, it’s thoroughly deserved.
A special mention must also go to Martyn Goodfellow and Greg Smith who were shortlisted but narrowly missed out this year.
The majority of football in this country is played outside the Football League therefore, quality pitches are essential for the development of football at every level. Grassroots groundsmen, the vast majority of whom are volunteers, play a huge role in ensuring pitches are in their best possible condition, week in, week out."
Rob Wager, Area Manager at Fleet Line Marker said: “Fleet Line Markers are delighted to be able to support grassroots football through Nottinghamshire FA’s Groundsman of the Year awards.
We hope these prizes will be a suitable reward for these groundsmen and will give them bright, long lasting while lines to put the finishing touches to their pitches”