Me & My Job - Nick Phillips, groundsman, Tottenham Hotspur FC

Nick Phillips, groundsman, Tottenham Hotspur FC - image: Writtle College
Nick Phillips, groundsman, Tottenham Hotspur FC - image: Writtle College

- How did you get started in the industry?

I wrote to Spurs while finishing my GCSEs. I explained my background about how my dad was a head groundsman at a private school and that I grew up assisting him from time to time, and how this then led me to look for a trainee position.

- What advice would you give to others starting out?

To enrol in sports turf education, as this really does help your career prospects and develop you as a groundsman/greenkeeper.

- What does your typical day involve?

At the moment at the training ground, the main objective is to keep the surfaces clean, free of debris and old divots. Operations such as brushing, divoting, spiking and cutting are essential this time of year to keep air circulating and lifting the grass back up.

- What takes up most of your time?

The repair programmes are full on, with both the first team and academy pitches used for training every day. It's important that we keep the performance quality on both pitches.

- What's the best aspect of the job?

Working outside on a nice summer's day.

- And the worst?

Working outside on a cold wet winter's day.

- What is your greatest achievement?

Probably getting awarded Young Groundsman of the Year and also being a member of the Professional Sports Grounds Management Team of the Year. As a team we were all happy with this kind of recognition for the work we do.

- How do you wind down after a hard day?

Like most people in their 20s, going out on a Saturday night with my mates and just trying to switch off from work.

- What does the future hold?

At the moment to continue the path I'm on with Spurs and to keep developing as a groundsman, and then one day take a management position of my own.

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