VACANCY / OPPORTUNITY for Assistant Grounds Person
Accountable to: General Manager with supervision by a qualified ECB/IOG person
Contract and hours: Part-time – negotiable hours
Fordhouses Cricket Club was established in 1927, we pride ourselves on being a not-for-profit based community organisation. We offer multi sports and social opportunities on a non-discriminatory and fair basis. We play an important role in the local community.
Fordhouses Cricket Club is a highly successful and varied sporting organisation that hosts varied levels of cricket games including – 44 adult league, 30 junior league, County and development, along with training sessions and corporate events. Our crown green bowling facility is home to over 130 bowls games per season. Indoors we host snooker and domino fixtures, social events.
The Role- Principle Responsibilities and Tasks
The Management Committee have decided to re-think the staffing structure involved in maintaining our 9.9-acre site. Attempts were made to create a full-time position but due to obvious issues of Covid-19 and the revenue challenges we have decided to continue operations with a small team of part-time staff.
As a result, we would like to recruit an enthusiastic trainee / assistant grounds person who has a genuine interest in ensuring all the playing surfaces and surrounds are in as good a condition as possible.
At Wobaston Road the majority of these surfaces are natural turf but there are specialist areas of synthetic turf used for both competitive matches and practice sessions. TRAINING in the art of maintaining and improving cricket and crown green bowling areas will be an important part of the successful applicant’s development.
This position may interest a young person who is currently a student or equally a semi-retired person, looking for part time work with a passion for turf management/maintenance.
Work involved – daily tasks will vary accordingly to the time of year; type of surface being prepared and they may include:
a) undertaking boundary treatment, clearing debris, removing weeds, cutting back vegetation/trees.
b) caring for surrounding areas, such as flower/shrub beds, car parking and paved areas.
c) helping to prepare match and practice playing areas on the cricket squares and bowling green.
d) accurately marking out pitches and boundary lines.
e) operating light and heavy machinery / equipment, including mowers, roller, gaiter, gang mower, slitter, strimmer, hedge trimmers.
f) using hand tools such as racks, spades, forks, applying fertilisers, seed, loam, and following training sprayers and weed killers/pesticides.
g) installing and removing maintaining waterproof covers, sight screens, benches, etc
h) there will be opportunities under supervision to construct new surfaces from scratch, i.e. cricket match and net practice grass wickets
Physically fit in order to meet the physical demands of the role. Keen to learn how to use and maintain grounds machinery, and understanding the importance of Health & Safety within the workplace. Committed to developing turf management skills.
This is a busy and demanding role, so we are looking for someone who is hard working, organised committed, flexible and reliable. The successful candidate needs to be a great team player with a good sense of humour!
This is a rare and exciting opportunity, Fordhouses Cricket Club will help the successful candidate by funding appropriate training via the Institute of Groundsman or Health & Safety Executive
Hours of work – negotiable
To apply for this role please send your covering letter and CV via either email or post to firstname.lastname@example.org
Helen Williams (Hon Sec/Treasurer)
Fordhouses Cricket Club
Jack Threlfall Memorial Ground