FOOTBALL: Award for Kilsby Lane ground staff

Rugby Town JFC groundsmen Shane Davies and John Robottom with Southamptons Andrew Gray and Wembleys Tony Stones at St Georges Park.  Missing from the occasion was Mick Frankish.
Rugby Town JFC groundsmen Shane Davies and John Robottom with Southamptons Andrew Gray and Wembleys Tony Stones at St Georges Park. Missing from the occasion was Mick Frankish.

Tips from experts on trip to St George’s Park

The Rugby Town JFC grounds staff, who look after the club’s 35-acre site at Kilsby Lane, were rewarded last week with a visit to St George’s Park to meet the experts.

They were then even more delighted to pick up the third place award in Grounds & Maintenance for Grass Roots clubs, which is a remarkable achievement.

The day at St George’s Park was headed up by Alan Fergusson and Tony Stones from the Wembley grounds team, Lee Jackson who is Manchester City head groundsman and Southampton’s head Andrew Gray. The day was celebrated with expert analysis on ground keeping tips, advice and a Q&A session.

Rugby Town JFC chairman Liam Coulter thanked the team for their tremendous work in maintaining the site a Kilsby Lane.

He said: “It is a fitting tribute to the grounds staff at Kilsby Lane that we have picked up yet another award for our grounds.

“These boys and the volunteers that help produce 21 immaculate surfaces for our teams to play on should be immensely proud of what they have achieved.”

The club have also been nominated by the FA to the Institute of Grounds (IOG) and will find out soon if they have been successful.