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Students from Alsop were invited to Anfield through the club’s Red Neighbours scheme. The students covered all aspects of a grounds person’s role, including maintenance and use of equipment, as well as pitch construction, maintenance and match-day procedure.
Members of the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Young Board of Directors recently joined members of Liverpool FC’s grounds team in encouraging youngsters to ‘Get into Grounds’ at Anfield Stadium. The IOG’s ‘Schools into Stadia’ initiative introduces young people to the art of groundsmanship through a series of one-day workshops, showcasing the profession as an ideal opportunity to work in an outdoor environment within sport.
Liverpool FC grounds staff provided practical advice on how to pursue a career in the industry and explained the link between groundsmanship and academic subjects such as biology, maths, geography and technology.
David Roberts, the club’s grounds manager, said:
“We’re really pleased to be able to showcase our profession to Alsop students and give them a real insight into what it means to be part of a grounds team.”
Geoff Webb, IOG CEO, added:
“Schools into Stadia is aimed at GSCE-level students by taking the principles of sports turf management and linking it to the school curriculum. It’s a great initiative and we thank Liverpool FC for hosting this event and helping to showcase careers in groundsmanship.”