Grounds team win national award

Whitgift School Grounds team's hard work pays off to win prestigious national award.

After finishing as runners-up at last year’s Institute of Groundsmanship Industry Awards, congratulations are due to the Whitgift Grounds team who won this year’s IOG Souters ‘Sports Independent Schools/University/Sports Grounds Team of the Year’. They fought off tough competition with fellow finalists, the University of Leeds and St Peter’s School in York.  

The IOG industry-wide annual awards recognise the ‘important contribution made by groundscare staff in raising industry standards and encouraging greater professionalism within the industry’. 

Whitgift groundsman, Anthony Facey, was also in the running for the IOG ‘Young Groundsman of the Year’, but although he made it through to the final selection, he narrowly missed out to Everton FC. 

Whitgift’s Head Groundsman, Mr Daniel Ratling, commented, “Whitgift has a very strong sporting ethos and has achieved great success at all ages and in all sports. As groundstaff, we provide the stage on which our boys play and develop, and we take great pride in doing so. It is testament to the hard work and dedication of my team that we have been nominated again, and to win this year has been extra special.”

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