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Derby County FC

Derby County FC

Apprentice Groundsperson


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Posting Date

Sep 3, 2023

Role description

Apprentice Groundsperson
Derby County Football Club, established in 1884, is one of the founder members of the English Football League and has a rich and varied history, including two First Division titles in 1972 and 1975 and an FA Cup success in 1946. The club are currently playing in League One, the third tier of English Football, and is under the management of Head Coach, Paul Warne. The club also boasts a successful and respected Category One Academy, a status which has been held since 2014. Derby County is embarking on an exciting new era following the change in ownership to Clowes Developments (UK) Limited. Our track record of producing talent is outstanding, and we intend to protect that proud legacy, investing in key roles within the club to build on the foundations in place for success.
Derby County Football Club are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and hardworking individual to join our dedicated award winning Grounds Team working at Pride Park Stadium and Moor Farm Training Ground.
The successful candidate should have an eye for detail and a passion to learn and develop within all areas of pitch maintenance. You will gain invaluable on-the-job experience and learn from long-standing and well-respected Groundstaff within the industry, maintaining our state-of-the-art SISGRASS surfaces and the opportunity to achieve an NVQ Level 2 in Horticulture (Sports Turf). As well as taking care of the pitches, the role will include general grounds maintenance duties across both sites.
Key Responsibilities:

Ensure all Club pitches are maintained to the highest standards
Completing day to day tasks such as mowing grass, marking out, hedge trimming, and repositioning goal posts in a timely, and health and safety conscious, manner
Ensure great lines of communication are maintained between all members of the Grounds Team
To present and promote an appropriate public image in representing the organisation.
Ensure that the Head Groundsperson and Safety & Operations Manager are kept informed of progress with routine work and are notified of major issues as soon as they are identified.

Personal characteristics and experience:

Previous experience of executing a variety of general ground maintenance duties
Experience of using garden tools and electrical gardening equipment
Previous experience of operating heavy machinery, specifically tractors, mowers
Ability to work in isolation and as part of a team
Organised, with the ability to manage multiple deadlines
Exceptional customer service skills
Capable of working on own initiative
Sound knowledge of current health and safety legislation
Full driving license

Essential Qualifications

Maths and English to at least Grade C or above, or equivalent

Desirable Qualifications

Working towards NVQ Level 2 Sports Turf Maintenance

This post is ideal for a candidate looking to expand their knowledge for an immediate start or for school leaver looking to start a career in the Grounds Industry following completion of their studies!
The successful candidate will be enrolled on a Level 2 Sports Turf Operative Standard. More details about HR apprenticeship standards can be found at
The post is full-time, 40 hours per week, and for a fixed term of two years and will end on completion of the Apprenticeship Qualification.
As an apprentice, the successful candidate will be paid the National Minimum Wage for Apprentices, currently 5.28 per hour for the first year of your apprenticeship. Further details can be found here - In addition, the successful candidate will receive a monthly travel allowance for the first year of their apprenticeship.
Everything we do as a Club is built around the three pillars of stability, integrity and progress.
Our core values are:

We are proud of who we are and what we do
We are positive, inspired and passionate
We are ambitious and driven
We are prepared, honest and humble
We are the heartbeat of our community
We are the club of opportunity

Derby County employee benefits include:

25 days annual leave plus bank holidays
Two complimentary staff season tickets
Two complimentary staff away memberships
20% discount at DCFC Megastore
Company Pension with Aviva
Discounts with select Club partners and sponsors
Healthshield Cash Health Plan to support employee health and well-being and Perks for great deals and discounts
Participating in our employee forum, ;The Herd
Training and development opportunities
Access to programmes and volunteering opportunities with Derby County Community Trust
Subsidised lunchtime meals at Moor Farm

Derby County Football Club is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
As part of the Club's commitment to providing a safe environment for children and young people, applicants should be aware that this post is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Criminal Record Check.
Derby County Football Club is an Inclusive Club for all and is committed to Equality and Diversity.

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