Full Time
14 / 06
  • Are you interested in working in the sports industry?
  • Are you looking to progress your career in the sports turf industry?
  • Could you thrive in a fast-paced, fast-expanding environment?
  • Do you want to work in one of the most exciting and dynamic places in Suffolk?

Ipswich Town Football Club is looking for a Groundsperson to join our growing grounds team. You will be based at the training ground, as well as supporting the team based at Portman Road. 

Full description

The role is a varied one, focusing on all aspects of turf care and the seasonal cycle. Your key responsibilities will be as follows:

  • Working as part of the grounds team to maintain football pitches at the Training Ground for both the academy and the professional team squads to a high level.
  • After training, using machinery including tractors and mowers safely and responsibly.
  • Operate the irrigation system.
  • Fertilise pitches.
  • Report machinery/system faults to the Grounds Manager or the Mechanic.
  • Mowing and marking out pitches to a good standard.
  • Divotting, strimming the peripherals, and some gardening work along with renovating and growing pitches back in during the spring/summer period.

Who are you?

  • Ideally, you will have experience in the sports turf industry.
  • You will have a Level 2 qualification in Turf Management and ideally, p.a1, p.a2 and p.a6 spraying qualifications.
  • It is essential that you can work flexibly, with the ability to work evenings, weekends and bank holidays.
  • Be able to multitask and assist other colleagues when needed.
  • You will be comfortable in a busy, fast paced environment.
  • You will have excellent communication skills and be confident communicating.
  • You will have a strong willingness to learn a range of new skills and build on existing abilities.
  • You will be organised, able to meet deadlines and keep calm under pressure.
  • You will be outgoing, enthusiastic and passionate about your work.
  • You want to work in one of the most exciting organisations in Suffolk!

We will give you:

  • The chance to be part of a unique business at a crucial part of its development.
  • Excellent experience in the elite sports industry.
  • Development and growth with mentoring from industry experts and colleagues.
  • An environment that is exciting, fast paced and fun!
  • Training, mentoring and support.
  • Discounts in Planet Blue store.
  • Life assurance.
  • Wellbeing programme.
  • Free On-Site parking.

If this is you:

To apply for the role, please click on the apply button below and send your CV and a covering letter detailing why you are the ideal candidate for this position.

Shortlisting and interviews will take place throughout the duration of the vacancy advert. This may mean that the vacancy could close early should a suitable candidate be found. Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive; only those successfully shortlisted for the role will be personally contacted. Therefore, if you haven't heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume you haven't been shortlisted on this occasion.

Safeguarding Statement

Ipswich Town Football Club is committed to safeguarding the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk and requires all employees to share this commitment and promote the welfare of these groups. Applicants will be asked about any previous convictions, cautions, reprimands, including those that are considered ‘spent’ as defined by the Rehabilitation Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amended 2013). Appointment to this role is subject to a satisfactory Enhanced DBS Check (with children’s barred list check) and references.

Equality Statement

The successful candidate must ensure a positive commitment towards equality and diversity by treating others fairly and not committing any form of direct or indirect discrimination, victimisation or harassment of any description and to promote positive working relationships between all internal and external stakeholders.


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