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Apprentice Groundsperson

Sussex County Cricket Club
Hove, East Sussex
Closing date
27 Mar 2023

Job Details

Apprentice Groundsperson

Sussex Cricket is believed to be the oldest professional sports club in the world-the Grounds team play an essential and integral part in the success of the cricket team and wider club. In the last ten years, the Grounds team have twice been awarded the England and Wales Cricket Board’s best ‘One-Day Pitches’ trophy as well as receiving two commendations; including in 2017 coming runner-up for the ‘best four-day pitches’ and received a commendation for ‘four-day pitches’ in 2016 and 2019.

The Grounds team won the Institute of Groundsmanship ‘Professional Cricket Grounds Team of the Year’ awards in 2016 and 2019.
In addition to preparing the wicket and the ground for match days at Hove, the Grounds team are also responsible for providing first-class quality practice facilities; re-laying the wickets; the irrigation and ground rejuvenation.

With responsibility for the grounds at both Blackstone Academy and the Brighton Aldridge Community Academy.

The Role
This is an excellent learning opportunity and an exciting time to join the groundstaff at Sussex Cricket. As well as gaining experience of all forms of wicket preparation and the dayto-day maintenance of first-class playing surfaces, the Grounds team have been undertaking a programme to re-lay the square.

This will provide the successful candidate with experience in producing some of the best pitches in domestic cricket. In recent years, the 1st Central County Ground has undergone a £9m re-development and is developing next phase of ground development.

The successful candidate will spend blocks of time at each of the cricket grounds (Hove and Blackstone) gaining hands-on experience as well as learning machinery maintenance and grinding skills.
Working hours during the cricket season can be long and therefore a flexible approach is needed. Working weekends and evenings is also often necessary during the season.

Working hours outside of the cricket season are more flexible. College attendance at college will typically be one day per week.
As well as working as a Groundsperson during the cricket season, during the winter months the Apprentice Groundsperson will spend much of their time preparing the ground for the following season.

Please note that this particular role is physically demanding and so the candidate must be physically fit enough to be able to perform the duties required of the role.

Sussex Cricket Values
Selflessness, Honesty, Accessibility, Respect, Enjoyment, Drive

Equal Opportunities
Sussex Cricket is committed to improving the diversity of our workforce. We welcome applicants from all walks of life and backgrounds who can bring diversity of thought and experience to the Club.
Sussex Cricket is committed to ensuring that all applicants do not receive less favourable treatment or are discriminated against, on the grounds of their age; disability; gender; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy or maternity; race; religion or belief; sex or sexual orientation.

Sussex Cricket is committed to safeguarding: protecting children, young people and adults at risk. As such, some roles may be subject to a process of vetting with the need for up-todate DBS checks and the seeking of two work references that are satisfactory to Sussex Cricket.

Please return the application form via the link by 10am on Monday 27th March


Sussex CCC was the first First-Class County formed in 1839

In November 2015, an historic merger took place between Sussex County Cricket Club and the Sussex Cricket Board, to form Sussex Cricket Limited (SCL). SCL is responsible for the governance and development of the whole game in the county, from recreational to professional level.

Sussex County Cricket Club is the oldest professional sports club in the world and one of the eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. Its limited overs team is called the Sussex Sharks. The club has always held first-class status. Sussex have competed in the County Championship since the official start of the competition in 1890 and have played in every top-level domestic cricket competition in England.

The Club won its first County Championship in 2003, which was the beginning of an era in which Sussex enjoyed prolonged success, named 'The Golden Decade'.

Sussex Cricket also incorporates the Sussex Cricket Foundation (SCF). Through the activities, it provides the SCF aim to make cricket accessible to all.



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The County Ground
Eaton Road
East Sussex

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