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Groundsman of the Year Awards 2020

Nominate your Groundsman at Step 7 and Below


Dorset County Football Association Are Pleased To Once Again Be Supporting The FA Groundsman Of The Year Awards For 2020.

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) 
Southern League 
Isthmian League 
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 2020 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 the online nomination form below. 

Closing date for entries is Monday 10th February 2020.






2019 Groundsman of the Year


The award for Groundsman of the Year 2019 was won by Gavin Fisher of Hamworthy Recreation FC. As the winner of the County Award at Step 7 and below, Gavin was put forward as the County entry into the National stages of the competition where he was then highly commended for the quality of the pitches which he maintains.


Gavin Fisher wins Dorset Groundsman of the Year


For further information on the awards, please contact Kath Purnell on 01202 688278 or email 

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