Rob’s ground force award
HUNTINGDON Town s groundsman has won a prestigious national award from the Football Association. Rob Bradshaw, at 24 one of the youngest groundsmen in the country, was commended by the FA for clubs at levels five or six of the football league pyramid. The
HUNTINGDON Town's groundsman has won a prestigious national award from the Football Association.
Rob Bradshaw, at 24 one of the youngest groundsmen in the country, was commended by the FA for clubs at levels five or six of the football league pyramid.
The awards were presented at a ceremony at Windsor Racecourse last week.
Cambridge United use Huntingdon's Jubilee Park surface to train on, and United groundsman Ian Darler was similarly recognised for his work.
Rob, who has been groundsman at Huntingdon for just over a year, said: "It's great to be recognised nationally for an award like this.
"I work closely with Ian Darler and it's nice that we have both been commended by the FA."
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"I had a fascinating evening at the presentation ceremony and had the chance to meet some of the top groundsmen in the country."
Huntingdon chairman Hans Reif said: "We're delighted for Rob, he spends a lot of time on the ground and that shows in the surface he produces."
Manager Paul Swannell said: "Everyone at the club is delighted for Rob, he shows fantastic commitment to the club and we want him to know how much we appreciate it."
A spokesman for the Football Association said: "It is very unusual for someone so young to work as a practising groundsman, let alone to be recognised on a national level.