NPL Sports and Social Club’s Sean Cummins and Warren Carr were nominated in the top three for the National Grassroots Sports Grounds Team of the Year Award last week.
The pair have been maintaining the grounds by Bushy Park for more than 15 years and joined the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and Wimbledon Tennis Club at the ceremony sponsored by the likes of the Football Association. Their pitches, grass tennis courts, and bowls rinks off Queens Road in Teddington, are used by more than 450 local adult and children’s football, tennis bowls and cricket members, across Middlesex as well as Newland House School.
Chair of NPL Peter Taylor said ‘Groundsmen are often the unsung heroes of sport who are out in all weather so we can enjoy playing sport all year round. Assistant Groundsman Warren Carr, from Hampton Hill, said ‘It’s a real honour to be shortlisted for delivering some of the highest quality community sports pitches in the country.’
Head Groundsman Sean Cummins, Oxford, who took on the leading role at the age of 23 said “The best part about being a Grounds man is producing quality playing surfaces that I can be proud of. There’s nothing better than looking at a grass court or cricket squares, seeing the shades in and how aesthetically pleasing that is on the eye. When a member or a visitor to the sports club tells me these pitches are quality, it feels me with pride.”
The winner was announced as Rugby Town Junior FC on November 2nd, but Teddington can be proud of it’s finalists!