VACANCY: Head Groundsman

NSpennymoor Town FC is a club on the up.  Three promotions in four seasons saw ‘The Moors’ reach the highest level in their history in 2017: The National League North.

Now nearing the end of their second season at this level, the team are pushing hard for another record-breaking promotion, sitting third in the league with 13 games to go.

Off the pitch, the club is gearing up to take this monumental step.  Managing Director Tony Wilson and his newly-appointed Board of Directors are forging strong links with businesses, partners, sponsors and other sporting organisations in the region to keep up with the rapid footballing progression of the team.  The club boasts one of the biggest academies in North East football and a number of community initiatives that benefit people in the surrounding areas.  Exciting plans to develop The Brewery Field are already in place and the next 18 months may well prove to be the most exciting in the club’s history.

Spennymoor Town is more than a football club.  It is the heartbeat of a town and the pride of County Durham.

The Club are continuing ground development projects to provide ‘best in area’ training and match facilities for all its players across several sites. It is an exciting time to be joining Spennymoor Town Football Club. 


Job Overview:

Working with the Ground staff to maintain pitches and associated areas / facilities at the Club’s Brewery Field Stadium and Tudhoe Academy Complex. 

The job holder might be full or part time – either will be considered – and will have developed the tools to influence and achieve business goals more effectively. The individual will be a proven man management with strong and “easy” communication skills, supported by at 2 years proven supervisory experience.  The Club is particularly keen to see applications from individuals with proven skills in maintaining large horticultural sites, in particular sports facilities.

Essential

  • Maintenance and upkeep of the Groundsman’ s area – i.e. hut, yard and shed. 
  • Maintenance and upkeep of goals, dugouts and any other associated equipment. Implementing a weed control programme to areas such as paving and surrounding areas. 

  • Preparation of annual report to the CEO in respect of annual pitch renovation proposals each summer, including proposal of works required to each pitch/area in line with the Club’s budgets.
  • Compliance with all necessary health and safety requirements 
  • Ensuring the machinery register and service records are kept fully up to date.

  • Regular monitoring of all pitches for prevention of disease.
  • Accurate record keeping including, but not limited to, fertilizer applications, aeration procedures, fungicide treatments etc. 

  • Regular monitoring of weather forecast  

  • Dealing with appropriate contractors and raising purchase orders as and when required. 

  • Management of contracts relating to machinery maintenance, irrigation engineers etc. 

  • Management of gritting procedure on the training ground car park and entrance in the event of freezing weather. Areas also to be gritted and prepared in advance of staff and players arriving for work. 

  • Management of the frost covers in order that matches at the stadium & first team training is always considered in advance of freezing weather. 

  • Regular liaison with the First Team Management staff, Development Team Manager and Academy staff in respect of pitch rotation 

  • Weekend work required in accordance with the Club’s fixture programmes at all levels and to manage the recovery of the surfaces prior to next fixture

  • Line manager to a team of ground staff, including but not limited to day to day management, daily work schedules and annual staff appraisals. 

  • Overall responsibility for the maintenance and upkeep of all first team, development team, academy, community match & training pitches 


The successful candidates will possess the following qualifications and attributes:

  • Manual Handling Techniques and Awareness Training 
  • Award in the Safe use of Pesticides Application Modules PA1, PA2A & PA6A etc.
  • GCSE (or equivalent) at grade C or above in both Maths and English 

Desirable

  • Formal Training in manual handling and risk assessment 
  • Thorough understanding of relevant Health and Safety legislation
  • Or other recognised Horticulture / Turf Management qualifications at the appropriate level
  • National/Scottish Vocational Qualification in Amenity horticulture Level 3 Sports Turf Maintenance or IOG National Intermediate Diploma or BTEC National Diploma or National Certificate in Turf Science and Sports Ground Management or City & Guilds Advanced National Certificate in Horticulture
  • Or a proven track record for at least 5 years as an experienced groundsman

To apply for this vacancy, please email your CV and a covering letter explaining why you’d be perfect for the role to: [email protected]

Please include “STFC Head Groundsman” in the email subject line.