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Groundstaff take top honours

Posted on 3 December 2010  - 12:00

Our groundstaff won awards at the prestigious IOG (Institute of Groundsmanship) Industry Awards for 2010.

Groundstaff take top honours

Our groundstaff won awards at the prestigious IOG (Institute of Groundsmanship) Industry Awards for 2010.

Nominated in three categories, Grounds Manager Darren Baldwin and his team took the Professional Sports Ground Management Team of the Year Award while Nick Phillips was named Young Groundsman of the Year.

Meanwhile, the club was runner-up in the Employer of the Year award.

"I'm delighted for all the ground staff," said Darren, whose team is currently having to deal with sub-zero temperatures at Spurs Lodge - and has managed to prepare pitches to train on all week.

"It's a fantastic team and this is recognition for all their hard work both at the training ground at the stadium."

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Indeed, Jermaine Jenas was full of praise for the ground staff this week, adding: "Groundsmen are worth their weight in gold at this time of year.

"Their work has meant we have still been able to do some vital practice and, while it may only have been small-sided games, you can't beat having the ball at your feet."

The awards - seen as the industry 'Oscars' - took place at the Swalec Stadium, Cardiff, home of Glamorgan County Cricket Club, and acknowledge the high standards achieved by volunteer and professional groundscare skills and facilities, from grass roots to professional stadia level.

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Pictures, from top, show:

Top - Our ground staff

Middle - Darren at the IOG Awards

Bottom - Nick with his award