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EDUCATIONAL ESTABLISHMENTS


I enjoyed how varied the job was from marking out football pitches, cutting hedges and working on bedding plant areas to cutting down trees


Academy pitches


As well as the above ‘average week’, Ben will clean up and rake the 3G after every sixteen hours of usage and he is responsible for the upkeep of the grounds, the allotment (including a glasshouse) and the chicken pens.


The pitch at Chorley is well used, which makes the upkeep all that much harder with a limited budget, but Ben enjoys the challenges it brings. Last season, over sixty games were played, plus training sessions.


Machinery at both sites is bought second-hand when budgets allow. Ben purchased a Charterhouse Rapidcore last year, “I’m delighted with this machine. It gives me a chance to open up the profile a little bit when I know there is going to be some rain. It’s been invaluable to help me get as much playing time out of the pitches as possible. We are also going to purchase a triple soon which will be road legal. The idea behind this is so we can offer to cut


local pitches for a small fee, which will help to fund my budget going forward.” (where will he find the time?)


I asked Ben his thoughts on the industry. “Looking from the outside, the job has become more attractive. The Premier League pitches are full of grass and well presented on TV for all the public to see. I think we have seen more and more people coming into the industry. Myerscough College is just down the road from here, and I would like to think they have a full intake of students each year. Groundsmanship and greenkeeping have come a long way in recent years and it’s a great industry to be in. I would recommend it to any younger people who are looking for a rewarding career - if you are willing to work hard for it.”


Ben certainly works hard in his joint roles and, with the prospect of additional contracting work, one wonders where he will find the time!


History


Fulwood Academy (formerly Fulwood High School) is a coeducational secondary school located in Fulwood (near Preston) in the English county of Lancashire.


Previously a community school admin- istered by Lancashire County Council, Fulwood High School converted to academy status on 1st September 2009 and was renamed Fulwood Academy. Charles Dunstone spon- sors the school through a charitable trust. Dunstone is the chairman and co-founder of mobile phone retailer Carphone Warehouse and chairman of the TalkTalk Group.


Chorley Football Club is based in Chorley, Lancashire. The club com- petes in the National League, the fifth tier of English football, having won promotion at the end of last season.


The club was founded as a rugby union club in 1875 but switched to football in 1883. They have reached the FA Cup second round twice, in 1986–87 and 1990–91. Their best performance in the FA Trophy was in 1995–96 when they reached the semi-finals.


The club’s home colours are black and white stripes, hence the nickname The Magpies.


Chorley play at Victory Park. The ground has a capacity of 4,300, of which 2,800 is covered standing, and 900 is covered seating.


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