It's time to get nominating the unsung heroes of grounsdmanship in Nottinghamshire Following the success of last season’s FA Groundsman of the Year Awards, please find below all information on how to nominate your Groundsman in the 2018 competition. This applies to clubs at Step 7 and below.
Each County FA will be collating nominations over the next couple of months and will then submit their top 3 applications to The FA, for independent judging as part of The FA National Awards.
The Groundsmen at this level of football are nearly all volunteers who give up hours of their time to provide the best pitches possible using very few resources. This competition is a great way for these volunteers to get recognised on a local and national level whilst also having the opportunity to meet and talk with the professional Groundsmen who conduct the judging.
FA National Summary of 2016/2017 Awards
The Awards Day followed in the footsteps of the successful 2017 competition and took place in mid-August at St George’s Park. The nominees were given a guided tour of the site as well as an insightful presentation from Karl Standley (Head Groundsman at Wembley Stadium) and also a question and answer workshop with professional groundsmen from Southampton, Manchester City and St George’s Park. The awards ceremony took place in the afternoon with members of The FA Facilities Committee presenting the winners with their certificates and trophies.
The winners were then invited as special guests for the England at Wembley. The winners enjoyed the hospitality on offer before being treated to an opportunity to join the Wembley Ground Staff on the pitch at half time. The feedback we received from our guests was overwhelmingly positive and we are extremely excited to see what this season brings.
Last Season Nottinghamshire FA Winners
The top three Groundsmen in Nottinghamshire were from Sherwood Colliery FC, Newark Flowserve FC and Ashland Rovers FC. Nottinghamshire County FA over the last few years has developed the support to Groundsman with regular training / workshops.
These awards provide a great opportunity to recognise and reward Club Groundsmen at Step 7 and below in Nottinghamshire*. We also have prizes for the top 3 Nottinghamshire winners via a partnership with Fleet Line Markers including a Kombi spray marker, drums of Super C and Pitchmarker C paints.
If you would like to nominate your Groundsman, the closing date for applications is 5pm on Wednesday 28th February 2018. Nottinghamshire County FA will then select their top 3 applications to submit to The Football Association.
The first-placed Club will then undergo independent judging along with other regions.
Please complete the nomination form.
We look forward to receiving your nominations and would like to thank you for your continued support of the Awards.
*Clubs at Levels 1-4 and 5-6 will be able to access nomination forms and further information via their leagues.
Line Marking Workshop
Nottinghamshire County FA, in partnership with the Fleet Line Markers Ltd has organised a Line Marking Workshop for Grassroots Football Groundsmen in the County.
The session will involve some indoor discussion / presentations and then some outdoor elements so please come dressed appropriately for the weather conditions.
Details of the Workshop are as follows:
Date: Thursday 1st February 2018
Time: 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Venue: Debdale Park Sports & Social Club. NG19 7NS
Cost: Free ( a charge will be made for people whom register and don't attend)
Sign up to the workshop here.