SISGrass Unsung Hero of the Year Award Winner Announced
Paul Roberts from Grayshott Cricket Club in Hampshire has won the SISGrass Unsung Hero of the Year Award at the Institute of Groundsmen Awards that took place last week.
Paul took over the care of the village cricket ground six years ago and, after attending a few cricket-related ground preparation courses, set about improving the square, outfield and surrounding area – to such an extent that the ground is now well-known as being of a high standard.
Perhaps a measure of this success is the fact that more than 80 games have been played on it during the past two years.
Paul says that to see this level of enjoyment provided to so many people – the club runs four adult and 12 junior teams – is very rewarding and it’s why he volunteered in the first place!
He undertakes all the pitch maintenance routines including cutting, rolling, marking and watering, as well as providing treatments of fertilisers and iron. He also manages the end-of-season renovations and looks after two artificial strips, all the while keeping a tight rein on the purse strings.
Paul has this year also overseen work at the club’s second ground at Broxhead Common in Lindford.
Wearing other hats, he has for the last 11 years been chairman of the club, which now boasts 200 junior members and 35 adult members, and he runs the clubhouse bar on every other weekend. He also umpires and represents the club at various meetings – and says he also somehow manages to find time to go to work!