This apprenticeship is suitable for anyone who works as a sports turf operative, which might also be referred to as a Groundsperson or Grounds Maintenance Operative. A sports turf operative can be working across a wide range of different sports and venues, including athletics, bowls, cricket, croquet, football, hockey, horse racing, rugby league and union, tennis and ranging from general parks type sports surfaces up to first class stadia.
A Sports Turf Operative is responsible for the maintenance and renovation and overall appearance of one or more sports turf surfaces in accordance with the needs of the particular sport. It is their job to maintain an appropriate quality playing surface which reflects the carrying capacity of that surface to ensure that a sustainable playing surface is provided.
Work is generally based outside and undertaken throughout the year, so apprentices will frequently work outside in all weathers.