Pitch perfect City win top award
- Tue 03 May 2011, 2:51PM
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
Manchester City’s hardworking groundstaff have been rewarded for their efforts by winning the Premier League Groundsman of the Year award for 2010/11.
City were nominated for fifth time in nine seasons, having previously won outright for 2002/03, the last season at Maine Road.
We were named on the shortlist, along with Spurs, Aston Villa, Arsenal and West Ham, after a combination of marks given throughout the season by match delegates and referees. News of the award came following a visit from Dr Stephen Baker of the Sports Turf Research Institute, who took such factors as staffing levels, experience, resources available, health and safety and overall pitch use into account.
This has been the busiest season at Eastlands since the club moved here, with a swathe of FA Cup & Europa League games in addition to the Barclays Premier League programme.
The savage cold snap in late 2010 added to the challenges faced by the groundstaff at the stadium, Platt Lane and Carrington.
Lee Jackson, Head Groundsman, said: “It’s a great honour to win this award not just for Manchester City but especially for the team of groundstaff, including our Grounds Manager Roy Rigby, who all work hard across the three sites as well as at CoMS on a match day. Without them this award would not have been won.
“It is particularly pleasing that we have been recognised as well at this crucial part of the season when so much is still at stake for the 'other' team on the pitch. Feedback on the pitch has been very good throughout what has been an incredibly busy season. The long hours everyone put in has now been rewarded which makes it all worthwhile.”
City will now be put forward for the Institute of Groundsmanship’s Groundsman of the Year award, having won the IOG’s Professional Football Grounds Management Team of the Year award a few months ago.
Congratulations to Lee, Roy and the entire groundstaff team – you deserve it!