Groundsmen To Be Judged On Friday

THREE groundsmen will go head-to-head on Friday to see who will be crowned the Suffolk FA Groundsman of the Year for 2017.

The competition is open to clubs at Step 7 and below, and the Judging Panel will be visiting Bacton United 89, Claydon and Old Newton United, before deciding the winning club.

Ransomes Jacobsen, who are one of the world’s largest suppliers of groundscare equipment, are sponsoring the competition for this first time this season.

The Ipswich-based company have doubled the prize money on offer, with the winning groundsman receiving £200, as opposed to £100 last year, to be spent on groundscare equipment.

Prize money for the runner-up and third-placed groundsmen has also increased to £100 and £50 respectively.

The judging panel will be as follows:

Ben Connell, Head Groundsman at Ipswich Town FC

Michael Cornall, Senior Football Development Officer at Suffolk FA

Tim Parker, Parkers Pitches

Will Parker, Parkers Pitches

Ella Boyden, PR & Communications Officer at Ransomes Jacobsen

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