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Groundspeople look after sports and recreation grounds, including football, rugby and cricket pitches, tennis courts, golf courses and bowling greens. They keep the soil, grass and turf in good condition. They are also known as greenkeepers or sportsturf managers.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

The starting salary is often based on the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

As of 1 April 2018 the National Minimum Wage is £4.20 an hour for workers aged 16 to 17, £5.90 an hour for workers aged 18 to 20 and £7.38 an hour for workers aged 21 to 24. The National Living Wage is £7.83 for workers aged 25 and over.

The Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) recommends the following payscales (2017):


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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have some technical knowledge of soil and plant biology. Groundspeople usually have a strong interest in sport and the environment.


Getting On


The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA)
Tel: 01347 833800

Institute of Groundmanship (IOG)
Tel: 01908 312511

Institute of Horticulture (IoH)
Tel: 0845 707 8007
Website (2):

Lantra Scotland
Tel: 01738 310164

Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sector.

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