A groundsperson look after sports grounds.

What does a groundsperson do?

A groundsperson or greenkeeper looks after sports grounds, such as football, cricket and rugby pitches, bowling greens, tennis courts, racecourses and golf courses.

Your main responsibility would be to manage the soil and grass to make sure the turf is always in top condition. Your duties would typically include:

  • preparing land for turf laying
  • applying nutrients
  • rolling and mowing the turf
  • identifying and controlling weeds
  • setting out and marking lines on surfaces
  • installing and maintaining equipment like nets, posts and protective covers
  • maintaining irrigation and drainage systems
  • looking after surrounding areas - plant displays, concrete or tarmac
  • operating equipment like hedge cutters, strimmers and ride-on mowers
  • painting, removing rubbish and carrying out general duties
  • maintaining good communication with your customers

Your tasks vary according to the season and weather conditions. 

What do I need to do to become a groundsperson ?

There’s no fixed entry route. You may be able to find work without relevant qualifications and and work your way up by studying towards qualifications and gaining experience. You might find it helpful to work towards a qualification before looking for work – to show commitment and interest to potential employers.

You may be able to get into this job through an apprenticeship. 

Related skills

  • Ability to understand technical plans
  • Mechanical knowledge
  • Physical fitness
  • Teamwork

Vocational route

  • Apprenticeship in a related subject
  • Level 2 Certificate/Diploma in Sports and Amenity Turf Maintenance
  • Level 2 and 3 Award/Certificate in Practical Horticulture Skills
  • Level 2 and 3 Certificate/Diploma in Horticulture

Where to find out more

Where could I be working?

You would spend most of your time outside, and your work is quite physical. In some jobs you need to travel around a large site or to several different sites.

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