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A groundsperson, or greenkeeper, looks after sports grounds like football, cricket or rugby pitches.

Annual Salary

£17,000 to £48,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

35 to 40

Future employment

There will be 1% more Groundsperson jobs in 2024.
In your local area

What's it all about?

You could work for a private leisure company, school or park, keeping the sports ground in good condition. Your day-to-day tasks will include:

  • preparing land for laying turf (grass)
  • rolling and mowing grass
  • marking lines on pitches or greens
  • installing and maintaining equipment
  • operating equipment like strimmers and ride-on mowers

There are no set requirements, but experience in gardening or a qualification in horticulture or sports and amenity turf maintenance could help.

You could get into this job through an apprenticeship.

You may need a driving licence.

£17,000 to £48,000

Starter salary: £17,000 to £21,000

Experienced salary: £21,500 to £27,000

You may get bonuses, paid overtime and accommodation.

These figures are a guide.

35 to 40

You'll usually work around 37 hours a week. This could include evenings and weekends.

You'll spend most of your time outside. You may need to travel between sites.

With experience, you could progress to supervisor, team leader or head of section.

You could get training from the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG).

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • the ability to interpret plans and drawings
  • practical skills to operate heavy equipment
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