We are delighted to announced that Peter Ford has won our Grounds Team of the Year as part of England Football’s Grassroots Football Awards.
This Award seeks to recognise a grounds team who transform poor pitches to good pitches.
Without the dedicated grounds team at Rotherfield FC, the playing surfaces at the club would not be what they are today.
The small team of volunteers, led by Peter Ford, who co-ordinates the ground maintenance, undertake the vast majority of the ground maintenance, such as line marking, grass cutting, spiking, raking, and brushing as well as applying fertiliser seasonally.
As well as preparing the playing surfaces for match days, they erect Respect barriers, ensure changing areas, toilets and clubhouse are clean and safe to use and ensure regular maintenance of machinery and equipment is carried out.
The ground is not naturally conducive to winter sports being Wealden silt, so Peter, who is also the club chairman, has led applications for grants that have been awarded from the Football Foundation to install primary pipe drainage, to install secondary gravel band drains and to purchase suitable machinery.