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Job listing closed on 19 Mar 2024
26 Feb 2024

Grounds Person - Summer Fixed Term Contract

🇬🇧 Barton under Needwood, UK
1+ year exp.

Make an Impact, on and off the pitch

The Grounds team at the iconic National Football Centre, St. George's Park, are looking for a Grounds Person to support them during the busy Summer 2024 period. The contract will be for approximately 4 months.

You will be:

  • Working with the other members of the Grounds team to maintain and prepare the pitches and immediate surrounding areas to the required standard enhancing the overall environment for all events and teams hosted on the SGP grounds.
  • Provide maintenance of pitches which includes preparation and repair for all pitch usage and general maintenance in between along with the maintenance of the immediate surrounding grassed areas.
  • Working as part of the Grounds Team in the maintenance of the site in accordance with current management plans and annual work schedules produced

About the Team

Looking after our world-class venues, these teams are in charge of making sure everything is safe and operationally ready. From day-to-day maintenance and perfecting pitches for matches to overseeing world-class music concerts, flagship NFL events and facilities upgrades, they're custodians of English football's two national homes.

What will you be doing?

  • Maintain, prepare and repair the pitches to the required standards set out by senior grounds management team.
  • Assist to maintain surfaces to agreed standards by adhering to pre defined maintenance programmes
  • Operate SGP grounds machinery to maintain the pitches to the highest standard
  • Be responsible for the maintenance of all machinery whilst in use.
  • Execute additional tasks as required in line with FA Group changing priorities
  • Comply with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing can be maintained.
  • To wear the correct PPE as laid out in the Health and Safety guidelines
  • To inform supervisors of any maintenance issues, damages or breakages to the site or tools
  • To comply with company policy and best practise in security, legal and regulatory compliance
  • To carry out all duties, within the relevant legislation
  • To ensure H&S responsibilities are fulfilled
  • Always maintain all equipment in line with manufactures standards to ensure optimum operation
  • To carry out any training required for development of your role, to include mandatory set out by FA group.
  • To be responsible for ensuring all equipment and tools are returned in good condition
  • Executes additional tasks as required in order to meet FA Group changing priorities.
  • Comply with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing can be maintained.
  • As part of The FA's commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.

What are we looking for?

Essential for the role:


  • A good attitude and willingness to work.
  • Basic general knowledge of Health and Safety and safe working practices


  • Any experience in the sports turf industry. Professional, amateur, voluntary.

Technical Skills

  • A willingness to learn.
  • A good attitude
  • Good time keeping
  • Happy to work outdoors in all weathers
  • Be flexible with working hours
  • Smart, courteous, polite and approachable.
  • Good communicator.
  • Good eye for detail.
  • The role will involve lone working and collaborative teamwork so you must be able to work under own initiative and as part of a team

Beneficial to have:


  • Basic knowledge of football pitch general maintenance
  • Basic knowledge of pitch operations
  • Basic understanding of the game of football


  • Previous experience is desirable but not essential for this role in the sports turf industry.
  • Use of pedestrian or ride on mowers
  • Use of tractors and implements

Technical Skills

  • Use of any type of machinery related sports turf maintenance
  • A sports fan in general

What's in it for you?

We are committed to ensuring everyone can flourish in their roles, to achieve this we have unique office spaces under the arch of the iconic Wembley National Stadium, which is the home of English Football. We are also delighted to offer a world-class, Elite Performance Centre, St. George's Park in Staffordshire which is an exceptional setting to develop and inspire high-performing England teams and leaders.

We pride ourselves in offering a competitive salary as well as great opportunities to develop and grow in your role. But that is not all; we also have a range of exciting benefits, some of which can be found below:

  • Access to event day tickets at Wembley Stadium, alongside a host of regular internal events throughout the season encouraging you to connect and learn with your colleagues and look after your mental health and wellbeing.
  • Free, nutritious lunches, at Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park.
  • Free private medical cover.
  • A contributory pension scheme.
  • An additional Thank You days leave, volunteering days as well as 25 days annual leave.
  • A hybrid working model offering flexibility on where you work.

For more information on what it is like to work at The FA, please visit our FA Careers page,

Our Organisation

The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and generates significant revenue to support investment into English football each year.

The FA oversees England international teams across men's, women's, youth and disability football, as well as running the National League System and FA Competitions including the Emirates FA Cup, Barclays FA Women's Super League, FA Women's Championship, and Women's Adobe FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park, all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.

We currently work within a hybrid working model whereby the expectation is to work from your contractual location for part of the week, and as and when required by the team. The remaining days can be worked remotely. We will continue to monitor this model and it may be adjusted in future if deemed necessary.

Your contract with The FA will specify a fixed location of either Wembley Stadium, St. George's Park or our Processing Centre, unless the role is advertised as a homebased contract. The contractual location of this role can be found at the top of this advert on our FA vacancy page.