groundsman awards

Groundsman of the Year for 2019/20 announced

The top three groundsmen in Derbyshire have been announced today as the Groundsman of the Year winner is decided for 2019/20.

Codnor Boys FC’s John Chambers was chosen as this year’s winner, with Des Mitchell of Ilkeston Town Juniors and Kevin Harlow of Hilton Harriers coming second and third respectively.

These nominations were open to clubs at Step 7 and below, and the Derbyshire FA would like to thank all clubs that took the time to nominate their groundsman for the awards.

The Derbyshire FA collated nominations over the course of the last two months and worked in partnership with Rigby Taylor to decide the winners.

Liam Rooney, Football Development Manager at the Derbyshire FA, said: “I am absolutely delighted as we had another fantastic response to this year’s awards, and I would like to congratulate our three very worthy winners on their prizes.

“I would also like to thank Mark Robinson from Rigby Taylor Ltd for supporting our awards this year and his ongoing support for our groundsmen.”

Each of the top three will receive the following prizes:

1st Place – John Chambers (Codnor Boys)

  • Fertiliser
  • Grass Seed
  • Line Marker Paint

2nd Place - Des Mitchell (Ilkeston Town Juniors)

  • Fertiliser
  • Line Marker Paint

3rd Place - Kevin Harlow (Hilton Harriers)

  • Grass Seed
  • Line Marker Paint

Congratulations to the three prize winners and keep up the great work in maintaining your club’s pitches.

Mark Robinson, Rigby Taylor, said: “I genuinely wish I could give them all some reward as it was clear to see the number of hours they put in, and the dedication they give to ensure the pitches are in fantastic condition.

“We will continue to support and enjoy the Derbyshire FA Pitch Improvement Programme workshops as we have for the last five years and help educate the many willing volunteers.”

Rigby Taylor are the market leader in supplying professional turfcare products into the industry.

Rigby Taylor are delighted to have signed a partnership with the Derbyshire FA to help improve the playability and quality of sports surfaces at all levels within the county.  

Mark Robinson, Rigby Taylor’s Area Representative has 35 years’ experience within the industry including 22 years as a professional groundsman.

For any product advice, or to arrange a site visit, contact Mark Robinson at or call 07795 433261.