Me & My job - Chris Lane, turf apprentice, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

- How did you get into horticulture?

I'd always wanted to get into horticulture so applied to do an apprenticeship in sports turf.

I needed a full-time placement so applied to lots of cricket grounds and golf courses but there weren't many vacancies. Then I wrote to Wolves, the team I support. Two weeks later I got a call saying they'd really liked my letter and to come and meet them. They accepted me on a two-year apprenticeship.

- What's the most important thing you have learned so far?

I've learned lots of things but it's the high standards at Wolves that mean I'm getting such good training.

- What's a typical day for an apprentice?

I start at 8am and finish around 3.30pm, but we also work during matches, which are on Saturdays or evenings during the week. Our time is split between the Molineux Stadium and the training ground at Compton. I've started mowing now that I've passed my certificates. Other jobs include linemarking and diveting.

- What has been your best experience?

Being nominated for Apprentice of the Year.

- What has been your worst experience?

We had around 10' of snow in January and had to shovel it off the pitch ready for match day.

- What do you do in your spare time?

Most weekends I'm working at a match and if it's an away game I often go to that. Otherwise, I just go out with my mates.

- What does the future hold?

According to my boss, I'm in a good position to get a full-time contract when I finish my apprenticeship if I work hard. I plan to get my NVQ Level 3 in sports turf and then climb the ladder, maybe one day becoming a head groundsman.

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