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Groundsman of the Year 2018/2019 – Amended date for Nominations + Pitch Improvement Workshop

Please see below information which has been shared today, with all Club Secretaries. It would be great if you could support us in sharing these messages with your member clubs.


FA Groundsman of the Year Awards 2018/19

Following the success of last season’s Groundsman of the Year Awards The FA will again be coordinating this Awards Programme. This competition is a great way to recognise the volunteer workforce that work tirelessly to provide the best pitches as possible, often with limited resources. Groundsmen can be nominated from affiliated clubs at Step 7 and below by completing the attached nomination form. 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.

Nominations should be put forward by no later than Friday 22nd February 2019,


For any queries please let me know.

#CelebrateEssex #Groundperson


If you’re nominating for Groundsman of the Year why not double up and nominate that individual for our ‘Groundsperson’ hero on Twitter and they could win the latest category of our #CelebrateEssex awards.

Nominations are required by Wednesday 16th January via the @EssexCountyFA Twitter account, and the hunt is on for individuals, exclusively volunteers, whose dedication and expertise help to make sure local matches take place every season. For full details see our news story below.

Pitch Improvement Workshop

Finally I’d like to bring to your attention a great opportunity for any volunteer supporting grass pitch maintenance. Our Regional Pitch Advisor Phil Jeggo will be hosting an evening at Maldon & Tiptree FC on Thursday 21st February at Maldon & Tiptree FC sharing his top tips around “in-season pitch maintenance”. The evening will include advice around restoring/preparing pitches for use and dealing with weather extremes – from flooding to droughts. For further details including the participant link to book on please see the flyer attached.

Any queries please contact Nick Emery, County Development Manager on 01245 393077.

Kind regards


Rhys Elmer

Football Development and Welfare Administrator

Essex County Football Association

The County Office |Springfield Lyons Approach|

Chelmsford | CM2 5LB

T:    01245 393093



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