Martin scoops FA prize for his great grounds

Award winning Louth groundsman Martin Deans
Award winning Louth groundsman Martin Deans

London Road Pavilion and Wood Lane groundskeeper Martin Deans has scooped the accolade of Lincolnshire FA Groundsman of the Year 2015.

Martin has been Groundsman at The Pavilion, operated by Magna Vitae – a partner to East Lindsey District Council, since 2010 and currently looks after the pitches at the London Road and Wood Lane sites in Louth, which service more than 300 games throughout the season.

The awards are delivered in partnership with The FA, Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) and Lincoln City FC. Applications were received from across the county before a judging panel selected Martin as the winner.

On the win, Martin, who started his career as a Groundsman in 1991, said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to win the award but also chuffed to bits for everyone who works on the pitches.”

Tom Rowley, IOG Regional Pitch Advisor, said: Martin is a skilled groundsman who very clearly applies that expertise and knowledge to the pitches at London Road.

“We visited in February at a time that is always difficult for groundsmen; however the pitches, which have all had in excess of 100 matches, were in superb condition. With good and healthy grass coverage, surface stability and excellent presentation. He is a worthy winner.”

Martin will be presented with his award at the annual Lincolnshire FA Awards night held in August. He will also get the chance to enjoy a match day experience at Lincoln City FC along with Head Groundsman Phil Kime.

Magna Vitae Chairman Ian Emmerson OBE, said: “This is fantastic recognition for one of our committed and highly experienced team members. With over 300 matches played each year, maintaining the 8 pitches at London Road and Wood Lane is no mean feat for Martin. We all wish him good luck in the regional and national finals.”

Rob King, Lincolnshire FA, County Development Manager, added: “Martin is a thoroughly deserving winner of this prestigious award. He fought off stiff competition from across Lincolnshire and should be extremely proud of his efforts.”

Martin will now go on to represent Lincolnshire in the East Midlands regional category before hopefully going on to the national judging.