23-year-old Sam Cain, who runs his own business, explains how he was on a mission to show young people the range of careers in grounds, even if they don't like football!
Never one to miss an opportunity, board member John Wright explains how training has been so instrumental for achieving his impressive career goals so young.
Matt has so far found the grounds industry full of rewarding opportunities, which is why he joined the Board, to let others know about it!
As a young professional greatly enjoying his career as a groundsman, Brad joined the Board to help promote the industry to young people and inspire them to get involved
After finding a route into the indsutry, Connor now wants to emulate his role models in the grounds industry to inspire future generations.
As a young entrepreneur who started his own garden and sports grounds maintenance company, Joe certainly has a valuable perspective to bring to the Board.
Scott credits the industry as one that behaves like a family, and the importance of helping each other is something he wants to promote.
As an award winning groundsman, Liam has certainly had a varied and rewarding career already. Which is why he is such a great role model to have on the Young Board.
Groundsman, Leicester City Football Club
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YOUNG BOARD MEMBER BRINGS LIFE EXPERIENCE TO THE ROLE
Volunteering, work experience, training and a National Diploma in Horticulture, Luke’s path to his position as groundsman at Leicester City is all encompassing and gives him plenty of real-life experience to bring to his role as a Young Board director.
It's fantastic to see so many volunteers up and down the country who work extremely hard and give up a lot of their free time, usually alongside working full time jobs, to maintain and produce sports surfaces at grassroots level to the best standard they can. It's these volunteers who I really admire.
"I have played sports since a young age and always been involved in sports clubs and teams that have provided their own pitches to play on," explains Luke. "This is where my interest in groundsmanship came from. I enjoyed helping maintain the pitches I played on and it was from there that I decided groundsmanship was the career for me. Alongside volunteering at my local cricket club, I worked for a small gardening company throughout the school summer holidays. On leaving school I enrolled in a Level 3 National Diploma in Horticulture at Warwickshire College. A requirement of this was taking on two months’ work experience and I was lucky enough to secure a place at Coventry City Football Club, this is where I entered the industry on a full-time basis."
And now you work at Leicester City Football Club, what does your job involve? "I am based at the King Power Stadium, where I work as part of a team to maintain the pitch for all first team and under 23 fixtures and various other events that may be held at the stadium. I also join the team at our Belvoir Drive Training Ground, helping to maintain the eight pitch facility. One of the most challenging parts of my job is consistency in producing the same high quality surfaces time and time again as there are so many variables daily, whether this be the weather or match/training schedules just to name a few."
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