The team at Swavesey Recreation Ground, including David Rudderham of Swavesey Spartans FC and Swavesey Parish Council were awarded third place in the Cambs FA’s Groundsman of the Year Award last month. After major work on the recreation green a couple of years ago to provide extensive underground drainage to help keep the football pitches playable all season and with improved grasscutting and improvement work to the green by the Parish Council’s contractor Buchans Landscaping & Grounds Maintenance, we were thrilled to be awarded third place, amongst other entries who have dedicated groundsmen working on football pitches.
Cambs FA said “Judging visits took place on 7th March 2018. The remains of snowmen from the recent icy blast were still standing on some of the recreation grounds. However, despite the wet conditions, Phil Jeggo, Regional Pitch Advisor at the Institute of Groundsmanship was impressed by the groundsmen visited and by the quality of the pitches.
Many factors were taken into account in the judging process including how many games take place each week, budget, soil type, whether the position is paid or voluntary, time dedicated to pitch maintenance, machinery available, groundsman knowledge and work undertaken in the maintenance programme.
The final rankings were as follows:
1. Simon Crow for his work at Cherry Hinton Recreation Ground for Cherry Hinton FC
2. Alan Poole for his work at Spicers Sports Ground for Sawston United FC
3. The team at Swavesey Recreation Ground including David Rudderham of Swavesey Spartans FC and Swavesey Parish Council”