Cricket Groundsman

La Manga Club, in Spain is seeking to fill a permanent position as the Cricket Groundsman to manage and oversee the maintenance of the two cricket pitches, grass training area including 18 grass nets.

Role Description

Reports to: Greenkeeping Manager

Salary: €25,000 to €28,000 dependant on experience and qualifications

Benefits: The position holder will be provided employees benefits of LMC

Contract Duration: 2 year fixed-term contract (12-month trial period) + open-ended contract after 2 years

Based at: La Manga Club, Murcia, Spain

Contract Context
La Manga Club’s new European Cricket Performance Centre requires a new cricket groundsman to manage and oversee the new grass and artificial turf cricket pitches and training area facilities and football pitches, all hosting regular international and domestic matches on international standard pitches.

Contract Purpose
The new surfaces were completed in early 2017 and have now had a growing in a period of 24 months. They need constant care and maintenance to prepare them to world-class standards and create an excellent reputation as a world-class cricket facility.

We are seeking a full-time Cricket Groundsman to manage the new cricket facilities at the European Cricket Performance Centre (ECPC) at La Manga Club. The cricket facilities consist of 2 grass squares each with 3x grass strips and one artificial, 23 grass nets, five artificial nets, a grass fielding area, and artificial training area. Also, at off-peak periods and minimal usage, the groundsman will support the grounds staff in the maintenance of the natural football pitches, four of which make up the cricket ground outfields. The applicant should be passionate and committed to delivering the highest standards of grounds maintenance creating world-class, enviable cricket pitches and nets, and ensuring the long-term maintenance and sustainability of the ground.

A key element of the role will be maintaining and preparing playing surfaces, net practice areas and outfields of the highest quality at the European Cricket Performance Centre. Candidates will need to have proven track record of preparing High-Class cricket pitches and practice nets and have the confidence and experience of instructing and leading staff.

Main Areas of Responsibility:
• Planning of the day to day work programme including the planning of off-peak work.
• Prepare and maintain the two cricket squares and outfields to international standard - for the club, representative and international cricket.
• Allocation, operation, maintenance and security of plant, tools and equipment ensuring that the right resources are available.
• Assist in ordering and purchasing all stores and materials, including expendable items and poisons.
• Assist to the management and delivery of set budget.
• Control and safe use of all potentially dangerous substances and equipment; ensuring that staff and volunteers are instructed in their safe use and use of relevant safety equipment.
• Supervision as required of work undertaken by contractors to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of the Health and Safety Act.
• Preparation of appropriate reports and correspondence, and attendance at meetings as necessary.
• Development of ground staff, enabling them to meet the standards of work required by LMC.
• To provide a helpful and professional service to users of the facilities including players, managers and coaches.
• Produce cricket “pitch” plan in-line with fixture lists in advance of each six months.
• Ensure all pitches produced are compliant with the MCC laws of cricket, ICC regulations, and playing conditions for relevant competitions including boundary dimensions and fielding restriction markers where appropriate.
• Assist in managing cricket square to ensure “pitches” are used in line with “pitch” plan.
• Assist in managing soil & grass to ensure turf is always in optimum condition.
• Prepare land, apply fertilisers & chemicals, irrigation and drainage, rolling and mowing, and weed control.
• Maintain equipment such as nets, posts and protective covers for cricket.
• Operate light and heavy equipment, including but not limited to turf management equipment.
• Upkeep & maintenance of various tools and machinery.
• Prepare cricket for matches, prior to, and where required on the day of a match.
• Upkeep & maintenance of all external areas within the Football and Cricket Centre grounds.

Main Duties/Responsibilities:
• Workload is controlled by the number of bookings and usage of the surfaces. You must have a willingness to work unsocial hours including evenings and weekends given the nature of the job.
• Prepare and maintain the cricket playing surfaces to the ECPC to international standard.
• Prepare and maintain to international standard all practice and net areas at the ECPC.
• Operate and maintain ground equipment by standard operating and safety procedures.

Pre-season work:
• Pitch Allocation: when fixture list is completed and confirmed in each 6 months, each pitch is assigned some fixtures, according to the level of the match, wear and rate of recovery for further use if possible. The square is a finite resource.
• Rolling of square in all directions.
• Drag brushing of the square to remove worm casts, weak rooted grass, and break up fungal mycelium on grass leaves.
• Mowing of square and outfield as required.
• Monitoring for grass diseases; Fusarium, Anthracnose, Dollar Spot etc. and spraying for same if required.
• Monitoring for pests; Leather jackets, Worms, Cutworms, etc. and spraying for same.
• Marking out the square, i.e. squaring the square itself.
• Painting back and front lines at either end of square.
• Core samples of square to indicate condition of square.
• Fertiliser application if conditions are suitable and required for square/outfields; weed control; spraying for weeds if conditions suitable.
• Machinery checks; inspect machines to make sure they are safe and fit for purpose. Daily and weekly checks for, oil, water, batteries, fuel, heights of cut, filters.
• Debris; Removal of debris off the ground.
• Covers; cleaning tops of roll on covers. Testing covers and hoses for leakage. Moving roll on covers back out on to ground.
• Rope; moving of rope out on to ground perimeter to act as boundary.
• Ordering; paint/brushes for pitch marking, string for straight lines, 8 ft length of timber for marking out, fertilisers for square/outfield, chemicals for pest/disease control, and various miscellaneous items.

During the cricket playing periods:
• Mowing of square and nets daily as weather/conditions permit.
• Mowing of outfield three times a week as weather/conditions permit.
• Mowing of individual pitches and nets for use as required.
• Mowing of perimeter 1 or 2 times a week as weather/conditions permit.
• Drag brushing of nets, square and individual pitches daily.
• Use of the irrigation system.
• Positioning of sight screen curtains to correct pitch of play.
• Undressing of sight screens after each match to ensure wind does not damage them.
• Squaring and painting of individual pitches and nets as they come into play.
• Covering of individual pitches and nets as they come into play, and as is necessary.
• Marking out of zonal areas of individual pitches as they come into play - that is the inner and outer zones relating to an individual pitch.
• Irrigation and repairs of a used pitch and nets for re-use.
• Repairs to a pitch as it is removed from play. Pitch may be used again later in the season.
• Repairs to outfield after matches including bowlers run up.
• Fertilising of square; as a rule of thumb once a month.
• Square Weed Control; continually monitoring, if spraying needed, no more than once a month.

Practice artificial nets and pitches
• Such maintenance of the nets as may be required to keep them operational all year round.
• Ensuring that the rubbish bins adjacent to the nets are emptied regularly.
• Repair of netting if required.
• Regular rolling with a light roller, say 1 hour per week.
• Remarking as necessary, say, every two weeks.
• Brushing and cleaning as required.

End of season work
• Completion of the end of season work on the square and outfield by the agreed rotational plan during the year. This will involve taking core samples to indicate the condition of the square. Square renovation needs a period of sustained good weather and good warm soil temperatures (but if weather is wet, work cannot go ahead). This work is the most important work of the year.
• Renovation of outfield and football pitches - scarify, aerate, and over-seed.
• Fertilise square according to needs as ascertained by core samples.
• Fertilise outfield/football pitches as needed.
• Remove rope from ground.
• Drag brush square as often as is possible to reduce disease, worm casts and remove unwanted grasses.
• Cut square and outfield at regular intervals, to maintain maximum tillering of grass plants. Ideally, the outfield should be cut to maintain stripes throughout the year.
• Monitor square for weeds, Pest and disease.
• Machinery servicing - change oil, change air filters, change spark plugs, grease points, clean out air fins, and clean-up of the machine.
• Arranging machinery servicing by a competent mechanic: Regrinding of bed plates, sharpening of reel blades, adjustment of belts, chains, etc. Replacement/Checking of batteries, checking/adjustments of gears, checking/adjustment of brakes/handbrakes etc.
• Maintenance and repair of artificial nets.

• Arranging for maintenance as required.
• Maintaining the covers and ensuring no leaks.
• Covering the pitches and bowlers run ups as required in the light of actual and forecast weather conditions particularly in the run-up to major matches.
• Arranging for storage of covers when not in use on the ground and during the offseason.

• Ensuring that the ground equipment is kept in good working order through the arrangement of maintenance and repair on a timely basis. Daily checks for all regularly used machines. If machines need an oil change, change of spark plug, change of air filter, greasing of grease points, adjusting of height cut, etc. Machinery Cleaning: Daily for all regularly used machines.
• Informing senior management when equipment requires to be replaced and assisting in the sourcing of such equipment.
• Ensuring proper storage of equipment when not in use.
• Ensuring basic operation and maintenance of irrigation systems.

Working Relationships:
• Greenkeeping Manager
• General Manager of Sport
• Cricket Sales Manager
• Local grounds staff
• Cricket Ireland Performance Director
• Cricket Scotland Performance Manager
• Sports Surface Consultant

Qualifications, knowledge and experience
The successful candidate will have the following education, knowledge, skills and qualities:

• Have a basic knowledge and be able to speak basic Spanish if not commit to lessons.
• At least five years’ experience working in the sports turf industry.
• Ability to handle stress and work under pressure.
• Excellent time management skills.
• Ability to work autonomously.
• Knowledge and insight of International cricket best practise.
• Hold an NVQ Level 3 (or an equivalent qualification) in Sports Turf Management.
• Hold a PA1 and PA6 NPTC pesticide certificate (or willing to work towards such a qualification).
• Minimum of 2 years’ experience as a groundsman preferably in High-Class Cricket.
• Be in possession of a clean EC driving licence.
• Possess an understanding of current Health and Safety guidelines.
• Possess an understanding of the ECB’s Regulations and Directives about pitches and match regulations.
• Track record on preparing and producing top quality playing surfaces for cricket and ideally football.
• Able to work to deadlines.
• Able to motivate and communicate effectively with staff.
• Able to plan and delegate effectively.
• Able to accept responsibility for staff and resources.
• Possess a passion for cricket pitches and sports turf maintenance.
• Demonstrate a positive and professional attitude and appearance.
• Understand the seasonality nature of the role and the need for flexibility with regards to working long hours including evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays.
• Self-motivated.

• Hold a PA1 and PA6 NPTC pesticide certificate.
• Sports Turf Management or equivalent qualification.
• Excellent knowledge of ICC and ECB Pitch Guidelines for International games.
• Fluent in Spanish
• Member of IOG.
• IOG education course tutor.
• Relevant experience within a High-Class state/county and/or International operation.
• Proven track record of preparing High-Class cricket pitches and practice nets.
• Using ride-on horticultural equipment.
• NVQ Level 3 in Amenity Horticulture (Sports Turf Management).

If this opportunity interests you, please email a CV, and a covering letter addressed to:

Closing date for applications is January 10th 2019.

Should you be successful in making the short-list following the application process, please note that interviews will take place during mid-January 2019

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La Manga Club

La Manga Club, Murcia, Spain

£28000 - 30000

Dec 24th 2018, 10:00

10th January 2019