Full Time (40 hours)

Sunderland AFC is looking to appoint a groundsperson to maintain the pitches and grounds across all sites to a very high standard. The successful applicant will work alongside the existing groundstaff team, reporting to the Head Groundsperson, and contribute to the day to day maintenance of the Academy pitches and surrounding grounds (and pitches at other club venues subject to relevant training and certification).

The key responsibilities of the role include:

  • Grounds maintenance around all sites
  • Maintenance of amenity areas surrounding the Academy
  • Working with and contributing to a multi-disciplinary maintenance team
  • Working between more than one dedicated site, and as required by the needs of the business
  • Driving of multiple gang mowers, verti-drain machinery, tractors, subject to training and relevant certification
  • Collection of litter and leaves around the building and the playing surfaces
  • Weeding of all curb lines and plant beds
  • Following training to carry out multiple work tasks without supervision, within limits of responsibility
  • Assistance with Stadium of Light and Hetton Centre pitch maintenance as required
  • In accordance with training and qualification requirements other tasks would include mowing, top-dressing, marking out and pitch preparation on matchdays, including divoting at half and full-time

Applicants should have the relevant qualifications for grounds maintenance/groundskeeping. Experience in working with grounds machinery is essential as well as working within a grounds team. A valid driving licence is desirable.

A full job description is available on request.

The position is full time (40 hours per week), the availability to work flexible is essential to suit business needs. Additionally, you are required to work all home fixtures and special events unless previously agreed with your manager.

To apply please email your CV and covering letter, stating your current salary, to or send by post to Recruitment, Human Resources, Sunderland AFC, Stadium of Light, Sunderland, SR5 1SU. The closing date for all applications is close of business Friday 8th April 2023.

If your application is successful, you will be contacted for an interview which will take place at the Stadium of Light on a date to be confirmed. Please note the position for which you are recruited is subject to a Disclosure and Barring (DBS) Check. All applicants must be able to verify that they are eligible for work in the UK.


Sunderland AFC is an equal opportunity employer.

We are committed to a policy of treating all employees and job applicants equally.

Our aim is that all colleagues should be able to work in an environment free from discrimination, harassment and bullying.


Sunderland AFC recognises that the safeguarding and protection of children and vulnerable adults is of paramount importance within the organisation. Sunderland AFC owes a duty of care to safeguard all children and vulnerable adults involved in activities as organised by the football club. Sunderland AFC will ensure that safety and protection is given to all children and vulnerable adults involved in activities through adherence to the Safeguarding guidelines adopted by the Club.

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