Head groundsman Richard Maryan, who has been at the college for 21 years, and his four members of staff have the task of maintaining the pitches.
He explained: "We've got a SISIS Multislit which has been here longer than me and is still performing, a SISIS Rotorake TM1000, a SISIS Veemo and a Multitiner – which is our most recent purchase. All of them are great for our football, rugby and cricket facilities but as with anything new, my most prized asset at the moment is the Multitiner."
A simple design with low maintenance, the SISIS Multitiner is a drum type tractor mounted aerator, which is ideal for use on sports fields and fine turf surfaces. Fast and effective to improve drainage and encourage better root growth, the aerator incorporates quick release solid tines and a working depth of up to 100mm.
Maryan said the Multitiner is perfect for maintaining winter sports pitches and believes that the machine will be used at least once a week regularly from September through to March.
"It's a very useful piece of kit and it is just so easy to use; you can go out and do the rugby pitch very quickly. The roller is absolutely fantastic and is something that we didn't have on our old one. I really like that because it gives you a brilliant finish," he added.