Getting Personal with Jack Percival

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Jack Percival - We all deserve a hot meal and clothes on our back!

Who are you? Jack Percival - course manager at Chipstead Golf Club - age 27.

Family status. Two beautiful and energetic young boys. Stanley aged three and Jack aged seven.

Who's your hero and why? I have a few, but I think the lady (Karen) who took me in off the streets has got to be number one. Without her, I would not have been here now.

What's been the highlight of your career so far? Becoming course manager at twenty-six. It was a target of mine as soon as I started greenkeeping aged eighteen.

If your younger self saw you now, what would he think? I reckon he would be proud. If I look back to when I was younger, I didn't have any focus or drive to do anything with myself, but get in trouble.

Which famous people wind you up? It's extremely hard for me to get wound up or angry. It's something I don't let happen. I go with the flow and make the best out of any bad situation. Liars I can't stand, so probably certain politicians.

What job would you love, other than your own? Paramedic.

What was the most embarrassing moment in your life? Splitting my shorts on holiday at the start of the night was bad.

What is your favourite film? This is England or The Business.

What scares you? Failure, especially if I have set my mind on something.

What would your autobiography be called and who would play you in the film? In the life of Percy.

What is your favourite sport? I enjoy watching football and I like to take part in boxing.

What would you cast into room 101? I had to Google this…ha-ha! I don't watch TV unless its sport. The TV sits blank most of the week.

Which historical time and place would you most like to visit? WWII. I would love to see how my grandad earned his medals.

Which three people, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party? Tyson Fury, Karen (the lady who took me in) and Paul Gascoigne.

What's the best advice you have ever been given? Take five whenever you're in a tough situation before making a silly decision.

What's your favourite piece of kit? Hand mowers. I love the detail they give.

Which three albums would you take to a desert island? Arctic monkeys - Whatever people say I am, that's what I'm not. Ben Howard - Every kingdom and Any Beres Hammond album.

What's the daftest work-related question you have ever been asked? What time do you start? It's 2pm isn't it?

What three words best describe yourself? Hyper, caring and soft.

What is the single most useful thing you could tell a 16-year-old greenkeeper? Stick at it, work hard and talent and drive will pay off.

What talent would you like to have? Cure world hunger. We all deserve a hot meal and clothes on our back.

What law/legislation would you like to see introduced? Tougher punishments for rapists and paedophiles.

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