The Groundsman

July 2015

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IOG BEST PRACTICE 14 the Groundsman July 2015 lan Ferguson has never been one to rest on his groundscare laurels. He didn't do that at Glasgow Rangers, or at Ipswich Town FC where he won the groundsman of the year award five times in his respective league. And he's certainly not doing it at St George's Park, where as head of grounds and estates, he has played a key role in quickly establishing the National Football Centre as the jewel in the crown of English football. Alan moved to the 330-acres estate in 2011 as The Football Association (FA) declared that the Burton upon Trent site would become 'a sporting destination of A Artificial intelligence at St George's Park As Alan Ferguson reveals his award-winning routine for the maintenance of a 3G surface at the National Football Centre, it is clear that his quest to continually improve doesn't stop at grass pitches By: Colin Hoskins choice for coaches, players, administrators and officials' with the intention of it also being the training base for 24 England teams and the focal point for the FA's coaching and player development work. The £105 million centre is also the headquarters of FA Learning – delivering all FA national coach education courses – and it features a sports medicine, rehabilitation and human performance facility. Through the Outdoor Leadership Centre, FA Learning encourages the development of high-performing teams and leaders via programmes in leadership, management and team development. Alan was faced with an enormous task in establishing the playing surfaces as well as recruiting the team that, in addition to being responsible for the maintenance of the playing surfaces, would also be Alan Ferguson: always pushing the boundaries of groundscare

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