A groundsman from Chester has been named as the county's best
Freddie Brickland, who works at The Cheshire County Sports Club, won the FA Groundsman of the Year award for 2016 in Cheshire.
He scooped the top prize after the pitches at the Upton venue, home to clubs including Upton AA, Chester Hockey Club, Chester County Officers CC, Chester Romans and Chester Gladiators, were deemed to be a cut above.
Freddie has now been put forward to the FA who will send a representative to visit the site and judge his work in the National Groundsman of the Year Award compeition.
Simon Gerrard, chief executive of Cheshire FA, said: "The hard work and dedication of groundsman is something that is often overlooked so it's brilliant that they have the opportunity to be nominated for awards, especially when they are mainly volunteers.
"Freddie Brickland is a worthy county winner of the FA's Groundsman of the Year for 2016, he works tirelessly to keep the pitches up to a very high standard and should be seen as a role model across the county for all his efforts."
"We are delighted that Freddie's hard work and dedication have been recognised with this award. The club prides itself on providing excellent playing surfaces and Freddie along with his ground staff ensure the high standards that teams expect are always met at The Cheshire."
Freddie was recognised at at Cheshire FA's 2016 Awards Evening earlier this month at Carden Park with Brian Deeley from Knutsford FC named runner-up and David Oates from Styal FC coming third.
The FA Groundsman of the Year awards recognise the contribution of the unsung heroes who work in all weather, all year round, to make sure that thousands of matches can take place on a high standard of playing surface.
Kevin Jones, assistant manager at The Cheshire County Sports Club, said: "We are delighted that Freddie's hard work and dedication have been recognised with this award.
"The club prides itself on providing excellent playing surfaces and Freddie along with his ground staff ensure the high standards that teams expect are always met at The Cheshire."
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