The Groundsman

June 2013

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20 IOG BEST PRACTICE the Groundsman June 2013 Photo: Tim Edwards Neil Harvey receives a Champagne 'thank you' from Charlie Grave, managing director of IMG Tennis sponsor, for 10 years of preparing the courts for the Hurlingham Seniors Classic Neil courts team success Neil Harvey, winner of last year's IOG Professional Tennis Groundsman of the Year Award, explains to Colin Hoskins how the high standards at The Hurlingham Club are maintained by a groundscare team mantra based on continual pitch improvement By: Colin Hoskins hen Neil Harvey talks about winning the 2012 IOG Professional Tennis Groundsman of the Year Award, it is no surprise that his response starts with: "I was chuffed to win the award, but the standards we attain and continually strive for here are very much a team affair. I firmly believe that you are only as good as the people around you and we W have a great team of groundsmen and women at The Hurlingham Club." The award is on display alongside the other awards the team have been fortunate to win [IOG Industry Awards as well as several Britain in Bloom awards] and Neil says these successes are celebrated by the whole team "because, in reality, they've been won by the efforts of everyone". Visit for more information and digital editions Hands on approach As deputy grounds manager to the widely-respected Peter Craig, Neil joined the Hurlingham team in 2001, after a period as grounds manager at Radley College, Oxford. "At the interview, Peter seriously questioned whether I would be able to cope with being a deputy rather than 'the' person in charge," says Neil.

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