Skilled grounds person

Job Title: Skilled Grounds Person
Department: Grounds Staff
Location: Ryton Training Ground
Reporting to: Head Grounds Person
Hours of work: 40 hours per week and must be prepared to work anti-social hours
Application Closing Date: Friday 9th December 2022
(Please note that should a suitable candidate application be received prior to this date, an appointment may be made and applications will close)

Coventry City Football Club is looking to recruit a Skilled Grounds Person to work within the department to assist in the daily management and maintenance of the playing surfaces at the First Team Training Ground and Academy Training Ground Facilities as well as the surrounding landscapes.

Reporting to the Head of Grounds, the successful candidate will work in a team of six staff and ideally have a minimum of 2/3 years’ experience working in grounds maintenance.

Experience of working in a professional football club or similar sports facility is preferred.

Salary is within the GMA guidelines




  • Liaising with the Head of Grounds and the rest of the team on a daily basis
  • The preparation and maintenance to a high standard of the natural pitch surfaces including as appropriate:
  • Grass cutting
  • Marking Out
  • Re-seeding
  • Re-turfing
  • Spraying of Chemicals
  • Fertilisers
  • Verti-cutting
  • Brushing
  • Control of irrigation system
  • General maintenance of workshop and machinery, ensuring that all tools and equipment are stored safely and securely when not in use and are maintained in good working order.
  • Compliance with statutory record keeping and internal procedures relating to pitch preparation and maintenance.
  • Horticultural work if required around surrounding car parks
  • Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of the industry
  • Application of frost sheets

Person Specification:

  • NVQ Level 2 Horticulture/Sports Turf or equivalent qualification
  • PA Spraying experience
  • Good communication skills and a good ability to carry out instructions
  • The ability to work as part of a team but also on your own with good initiative
  • Ability to work independently and be self-driven within a team structure
  • Strong organisational skills with the ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Be self-motivated with a positive attitude
  • The ability to multitask and prioritise appropriately


  • NVQ Level 3 Sports Turf or equivalent qualification
  • PA1/PA2/PA6A Spraying qualification or equivalent is desirable.
  • Experience in working within Football on championship/premiership pitches is desirable
  • Inspiring your team and creating a positive working environment
  • Ensure awareness and knowledge of best practice and participate in training activities as required by your manager.


Candidates are required to hold a full Driving Licence

Due to the equipment used, only candidates over 18 will be considered.


Coventry City FC is committed safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults. We are committed to safer recruitment throughout the company. An enhanced DBS check is a requirement of the role.


Coventry City FC is committed to the principle of equal opportunity and its policies for recruitment, selection, training, development, and promotion are designed to ensure that no job applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, colour, nationality, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, ethnic and national origin, disability, or gender reassignment.

Applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK.


  • Please read the job description and ensure that you meet the Essential requirements of the role
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  • Please send a covering letter, your completed Application FormEqual Opportunities Form and signed Self-Declaration Form to by 4.00pm on Friday 9th December 2022. However, should a suitable candidate application be received prior to this date, applications may close.
  • Suitable candidates will be shortlisted and contacted for interview upon receipt of application.
  • Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are only able to contact those who are shortlisted for interview.
  • Incomplete applications and those which do not meet the essential requirements of the role will not be considered.

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