Rugby Club volunteer grounds team win award

Crowborough RFC’s Friday Club won a prestigious award at the Institute of Groundsmanship industry awards last week.

Institute of Groundsmanship - Volunteer Sports Grounds Team/Individual award 2018 Crowborough Rugby Football Club

The annual ceremony recognises leadership, innovation and outstanding achievement across every aspect of grounds management – from grassroots pitches to professional sports grounds.

Crowborough RFC won the AMS Volunteer Sports Grounds Team/Person of the Year.  The category that recognises volunteer or team of volunteers who devote their spare time to maintaining and improving playing surfaces.

Alex Hunn, Crowborough RFC Chairman, Said;

This is a superb achievement and one that we are all immensely proud of.

The work that the CRFC Friday Club often goes unnoticed but has a massive impact on the facilities that we all enjoy on a weekly basis.  Without it, we would have a very different club environment.

Please join us in congratulating the CRFC Friday Club on this award and to thank them all for their hard work and dedication to Crowborough RFC.

Well done to all involved.

The Friday Club is a volunteer group which helps maintain the rugby pitches and facilities at Steel Cross.

The Friday Club started about 4 years ago when as the newly appointed volunteer Facility Manager, John Sayer, began to realise that whilst the Club had a sparkling, brand new clubhouse, the rest of the estate, by comparison, was looking shabby.  John also realised that their pitches were not being maintained correctly and so he presented to the Club Executive Board the idea of a volunteer group which would initially help our part-time groundsman.

Photo Robert Gregory

This group whose playing days are long distant memories, but their love of the game and the ambition they have for their club has not diminished, started with just a couple of volunteers and has grown in numbers ever since and now include a number of members of the local community who have not even played rugby.

They maintain the the estate of 16 acres, with 4 rugby pitches and 2 training areas.  In addition they will also do themselves, (or find someone who can), the other jobs that need doing to the Clubhouse and grounds.

A bit like a caretaker and estate manager all rolled into one but shared out among the group, and it’s not just on a Fridays!

It is work that often goes unnoticed but has a massive impact on the facilities that the members, both playing and supporting, all enjoy on a weekly basis.  Without it, Crowborough RFC would have a very different club environment.

It is important to know that they wouldn’t have achieved what they have without the advice from groundsmen connected to the RFU HQ at Twickenham Stadium, and technical support from key local businesses Coppard and Ed Burridge Engineering.

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