Summer Grounds Person (Fixed Term - 4 Months)

  • The FA
  • National Football Centre, St George's Park
  • 02 Mar, 2023
Contractor Groundsman Maintenance

Job Description

Our Organisation

The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and generates significant revenue to support investment into English football each year.

The FA oversees England international teams across men's, women's, youth and disability football, as well as running the National League System and FA Competitions including the Emirates FA Cup, Barclays FA Women's Super League, FA Women's Championship, and Vitality Women's FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park, all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.

90 minutes to change our world

The Role
  • Working with the other members of the Grounds team to maintain and prepare all pitches and immediate surrounding areas to the highest standard enhancing the overall environment for all events and teams hosted on the SGP grounds.
  • Maintenance of pitches includes preparation and repair for all pitch usage and general maintenance in between.
  • To work as part of the Grounds Team in the maintenance of the site in accordance with current management plans and annual work schedules produced.
Key Accountabilities
  • Maintain, prepare and repair the pitches to high standards set out by senior grounds management team.
  • Assist the grounds team in general to maintain and prepare the pitches to relevant standards required.
  • Assist to maintain training pitches to professional standard in accordance with Sports turf industry guidelines.
  • Assist to maintain surfaces to agreed standards by adhering to pre defined maintenance programmes.
  • Maintain all pitch equipment in line with manufactures standards to ensure optimum operation at all times (Goal posts).
  • Assist SGP ground staff in working with Pitch Contractors to reinstate pitch as dictated by the event calendar.
  • Operate SGP grounds machinery to maintain the pitches to the highest standard.
  • Be responsible for the maintenance of all machinery whilst in use.
  • Support with other tasks across the site such as assisting with the overall estates management and maintenance where required.
  • Execute additional tasks as required in line with FA Group changing priorities.
  • Comply with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing can be maintained.
  • To wear the correct PPE as laid out in the Health and Safety guidelines.
  • To inform supervisors of any maintenance issues, damages or breakages to the site or tools.
  • Execute additional tasks as required in line with FA Group changing priorities.
  • To comply with company policy and best practise in security, legal and regulatory compliance.
  • To carry out all duties, within the relevant legislation.
  • To ensure H&S responsibilities are fulfilled.
  • Always maintain all equipment in line with manufactures standards to ensure optimum operation.
  • To carry out any training required for development of your role, to include mandatory set out by FA group.
  • To be responsible for ensuring all equipment and tools are returned in good condition.
What we are looking for?



  • A basic understanding of the general maintenance of sports pitches.
  • Certain practices required to maintain sports pitches.
  • General knowledge of Health and Safety and safe working practices.



  • Any experience in the sports turf industry. Professional, amateur, voluntary.
  • Use of pedestrian or ride on mowers.


Technical Skills

  • A willingness to learn.
  • Good time keeping.
  • Happy to work outdoors in all weathers.
  • Be flexible with working hours.
  • Smart, courteous, polite and approachable.
  • Good communicator.
  • Good eye for detail.
  • The role will involve lone working and collaborative teamwork so you must be able to work under own initiative and as part of a team.




  • Knowledge of football pitch general maintenance.
  • Basic knowledge of football pitch construction.
  • Knowledge of pitch operations both pre and post-match/training.
  • Basic understanding of the game of football.



  • Previous experience is desirable for this role in the sports turf industry in football.
  • Use of tractors and implements.


Technical Skills

  • Use of any type of machinery related sports turf maintenance.
  • PA1, PA2, PA6 spraying qualification.


What we can offer you?
  • An exciting and challenging role within a changing, dynamic and world-renowned sports organisation.
  • Attractive benefits and a competitive salary.


Please be aware that unless you are on a homebased contract, your contract with The FA will specify a fixed location of either Wembley Stadium, St. George's Park or our Processing Centre.


We currently work within a hybrid working model whereby the expectation is to work from your contractual location for part of the week, and as and when required by the team. The remaining days can be worked remotely. We will continue to monitor this model and it may be adjusted in future if deemed necessary.


The Football Association Group promotes inclusion and diversity, and welcomes applications from everyone. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process please mention this in your application.