Nominations now Open for the FA Groundsman of the Year 2019
Dorset County Football Association are pleased to once again be supporting the FA Groundsman of the Year Awards for 2019.
The awards are open for all clubs operating at Step 7 and below of the football pyramid, and were set up to recognise the contribution of these unsung heroes of the grassroots game and encourage the development of groundsmanship.
The majority of football in this country is played outside the Football League. Quality pitches are therefore essential for the development of football at every level. Grassroots groundsman, the vast majority of whom are volunteers, play a huge role in ensuring pitches are in their best possible condition, week in, week out. The Awards were set up to recognise the contribution of these ‘unsung heroes’, who work in all weather, all year round, to make sure that thousands of matches can take place on a high standard of playing surface.
The current award structure is as follows. There are separate awards for:
The Football Conference (Steps 1 and 2)
Steps 3 and 4 National Award
Steps 5 and 6 National Award
Step 7 and Below National Award (Run by County FA)
(Step 1 – 6 Clubs are nominated by their respective Leagues, while Step 7 and below Clubs are nominated by their County FA)
Following the nomination deadline shortlisted clubs will be visited by the judging panel who 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. The first ranked Dorset club groundsman at Step 7 and below will go forward to the national judging stage and undergo independent adjudication.
The Dorset County FA are pleased to have teamed up with Fleet Line Markers UK to bring your Groundsman (at Step 7 and below) the chance to win some exciting prizes. Enter your Groundsman into the 2018 Groundsman of the Year Awards for your chance to win:
1st Prize Kombi Line Marker and 2 Drums of Super C paint
2nd Prize 2 Drums of Super C paint
3rd Prize 1 Drum of Pitchmarker C paint
To nominate your groundsman at Step 7 and below please compete and return the form below to Kath Purnell, County Facilities and Marketing Officer, by email: Kathryn.Purnell@dorsetfa.com
Closing date for entries is Friday 1st February 2019.
FLEET LINE MARKERS PRIZES AND SPECIAL OFFERS
The Dorset FA Award winners for 2018 were;
1st Place Tom Matthews (Sturminster Newton FC)
2nd Place Malcolm Aplin (Milborne St Andrew)
3rd Place Geoff Franklin (Portland United Youth)
For further information on the awards, please contact Kath Purnell on 01202 688278 or email Kathryn.Purnell@dorsetfa.com