Apprentice Grounds Person

Queens Park Rangers FC

London, W12 7PJ

Closes in 3 days (Monday 22 July at 11:59pm)

Posted on 9 July 2024


An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the QPR Sports Turf Team as an Apprentice Grounds person where you will learn all aspects of turf management in a high-profile sporting venue. To help maintain and prepare the playing surfaces to an excellent standard and ensure that all games and training sessions can go ahead on schedule.

Annual wage
£13,631.80 a year

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The pay may be negotiated and may rise after a probation period has been successfully completed.

Training course
Sports turf operative (level 2)
Monday to Friday 7am to 2.30pm, with a 30 minutes lunch break. Occasionally working during the weekend or very occasional evenings to gain experience and cover match days at both the stadium and training ground for which time off in lieu is given.

35 hours a week

Possible start date

Tuesday 23 July


2 Years

Positions available



As an apprentice, you’ll work at a company and get hands-on experience. You’ll gain new skills and work alongside experienced staff.

What you’ll do at work

  • Level 2 Sports Turf Operative Apprenticeship.
  • Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths if required.
  • One day a week for theory and practical in the Berkshire College of Agriculture (BCA).

Where you’ll work

Loftus Road Stadium

South Africa Road


W12 7PJ


An apprenticeship includes regular training with a college or other training organisation. At least 20% of your working hours will be spent training or studying.

College or training organisation


Your training course

Sports turf operative (level 2)

Equal to GCSE

Course contents
  • Apply the correct rates and range of materials to sports turf surfaces (e.g. grass seed, granular fertilisers, bulky top-dressing, turf and root zone).
  • Set and mark out the sports turf surface in accordance with the relevant governing body rules (including line marking, the 3-4-5 squaring technique, and marking arcs and semi-circles).
  • Prepare machinery and equipment to ensure their safe and effective use when carrying out sport turf tasks.
  • Maintain levels of soil moisture using either irrigation or drainage systems.
  • Inspect the condition of sports turf, make observations and communicate findings (e.g. PQS, weeds, pests, diseases, thatch content).
  • Prepare the ground and established grass areas as part of sports turf renovation tasks (e.g. overseeding, turfing).
  • Carry out cylinder mowing of sports turf surface(s) in accordance with set requirements.
  • Carry out repair of sports turf surfaces using relevant equipment and machinery (e.g. divot repair, foot hole repair, animal damage).
  • Prepare and safely operate a tractor and it's attachments.
  • Select and use relevant communication styles (e.g. verbal, written, digital) to convey information to different audiences (e.g. clients, staff, suppliers).
  • Adopts a systematic approach to troubleshooting and solving day-to-day resource or equipment issues.
  • Identify a range of turf grasses (vegetative and seed). (Including, perennial ryegrass smooth stalk meadow grass, annual meadow grass, fescue grass (fine), bent grass).
  • Carry out maintenance of sports turf surface using relevant equipment and machinery (including scarification, and aeration).
  • Dispose of waste in a safe and sustainable manner.
  • Your training plan

    This training plan has not been finalised. Check with this employer if you’ll need to travel to a college or training location for this apprenticeship.


    Desirable qualifications

    GCSE or equivalent in:

    • English and maths (grade A/8-C4)
    • Landscaping or Gardening (grade Any Qualification)

    Let the company know about other relevant qualifications and industry experience you have. They can adjust the apprenticeship to reflect what you already know.


    • Communication skills
    • Organisation skills
    • Customer care skills
    • Presentation skills
    • Number skills
    • Team working
    • Initiative
    • Health & Safety training
    • Flexibility to working hours
    • Willingness to work outdoors
    • Ready to work in all weathers
    • Keen to learn
    • Honest and reliable

    Other requirements

    Additional work location is QPR TSG Training and Performance centre, Crane Lodge Road, Cranford, Middlesex TW5 9PQ. After one year they'd switch to ensure both get experience at both locations. Candidates will be screened as part of the recruitment process and must be able to work at Level 1 in Functional Skills (maths and English) in order to undertake this Apprenticeship. Committed to college attendance to complete the formal training required to gain a recognised industry qualification. Club uniform and PPE will be provided by the Club which must be worn on duty.

    About this company

    QPR FC (Queens Park Rangers) is a professional football club with a history dating back to 1882 and currently operating in the Championship league with aspirations of operating in the premier league. With this in mind, QPR have embarked on a considerable investment and development project following the recent purchase of our very own training ground. We are into our second year of a 5-year project that will see a £30m investment into our new training centre incorporating a new state of the art elite and academy building and performance centre along with a new bespoke grounds maintenance building. The project also includes state of the art hybrid Grass pitches made up of 5 new Desso pitches all with automatic watering system and on our showcase pitch, added floodlighting and undersoil heating.

    After this apprenticeship

    The position may lead to a full-time position at the training ground or stadium following the successful completion of the apprenticeship.

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    The reference code for this apprenticeship is VAC1000262577.

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    Closes in 3 days (Monday 22 July at 11:59pm)

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