Sports turf apprentice

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the LCFC Sports Turf Academy as an Apprentice Sports Turf Operative, where you will learn all aspects of turf management in a high-profile sporting venue.

About The Role

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the LCFC Sports Turf Academy as an Apprentice Sports Turf Operative, where you will learn all aspects of turf management in a high-profile sporting venue.

As part of the new state of the art training facility, Leicester City Football Club is seeking to appoint Apprentice Sports Turf Operatives to join our Sports Turf Academy and Grounds Team.  We are looking for aspiring sports turf professionals to join our award-winning grounds team with a focus on their career development through education and training on a nationally recognised apprenticeship programme.  These roles offer opportunities to develop practical skills at world-class training grounds and wider sports turf, including an exclusive golf course, grassroots community pitches and possibly tournament support. These apprentices will be mentored by some of the UK’s leading sports turf professionals and have access to Sports Turf Academy resources and education programmes.

The successful postholder will learn to conduct routine maintenance and servicing of the playing surfaces, learning various techniques and using different machinery to develop and maintain world-class facilities.  On-the-job training will provide practical experience and generous off-the-job training will be provided to ensure completion of the apprenticeship training programme.  The Apprentice will work closely with their training provider (college) to set academic targets and to ensure the programme offers a consistent challenge and an enjoyable learning experience.  On completion of the apprenticeship, the qualified Sports Turf Operative will be in an excellent position to apply for skilled positions in the sports turf industry, both nationally and internationally.

Who We’re Looking For

This is a unique opportunity for an individual with a strong interest in sports turf and horticulture, wishing to start their career in a professional sporting environment. If you are enthusiastic with a strong desire to learn new skills within a high performing team, we want to hear from you!

The ideal candidate will be able to:

– Use their own initiative to balance the requirements of the role with the Apprenticeship training programme.

– Have a strong desire to learn new skills and knowledge in a practical and machinery orientated role.

– Work outside in most weather conditions.

– Have a strong work ethic, demonstrating pride in their work, high levels of personal integrity and hold strong time management skills.

– Demonstrate excellent attention to detail as you learn to maintain Sports Turf grounds and surfaces.

– A high regard for working safely and maintaining a clean and safe working environment.

– Work as part of a team and learning alongside the wider LCFC Sports Turf and Grounds team.


About The Club

Knowing some of the history of Leicester City Football Club helps you appreciate the sense of community, spirit and family for which the Foxes are renowned for.

Formed in 1884, the Club has been in the Premier League since 2014 when the Foxes returned to the Premier League as the Championship title winners. In 2016, Leicester City became Premier League champions. This remarkable achievement qualified them for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in the Club’s history and reached the quarter finals.

Under the stewardship of King Power and the Club’s CEO Susan Whelan, Leicester City Football Club is deeply committed to the local community and its supporters and continually strives to ensure that every point of engagement with fans is truly world class including the experience on matchdays.  Meanwhile, investment in the Club continues, with the recent opening of a new world-class 180-acre Training Ground in north Leicester.

Ultimately, the Club’s vision is as exciting as it is simple: we believe that together, it’s possible. We value and respect individual difference and recognise that the diversity of our staff contributes to our success off the pitch. Our inclusive culture and approach is supported by our Stonewall Diversity Champions partnership, our Time to Change pledge and our status as a Disability Confident employer.

Benefits Package

Leicester City Football Club offers a competitive salary and pension scheme with life assurance to all its permanent employees. Employees are able to benefit from free onsite parking as well as an onsite subsidised staff restaurant. Employees also benefit from up to 33 days’ annual leave including bank holidays.

Contract Type –Apprenticeship (Fixed-Term, 24-month programme)
Hours Per Week 

Leicester City Football Club is an equal opportunities employer, and we positively welcome applications from all candidates regardless of age, disability, gender identity or expression, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

Leicester City Football Club is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff to share this commitment. As such, you may be subject to a satisfactory enhanced disclosure via the Disclosure & Barring Service and prior to taking up any role.

A shortlist of suitable applicants will be compiled shortly after the closing date and successful candidates will be contacted about the interview process.

If you feel you have the qualities and experience we are looking for, you can find a full job description here and instructions on how to apply by following this link.

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