Andover Town Groundsman scoops Top National Award

Although no longer at The Portway, last season’s Andover Town FC groundsman Chris White has won outright the coveted FA National Groundsman of the Year competition for the 2017 / 18 season.

Competing against approximately 650 other clubs right across the country at Step 5 and 6 of the Football pyramid, the judging panel consisted of Professional groundsman from the likes of Wembley Stadium, Manchester City and Southampton.

Chris went two better than the 2016/17 season, (where he finished third nationally) and attended the awards ceremony at St Georges Park National Football Centre (the home of the England national team).

Speaking after the presentation, Chris said “I am very surprised, honoured and so proud to have won the award. It is true recognition of what can be achieved at a grass roots level on a tiny budget but with lots of time and care. I was very pleased to represent not only Andover Town but also the Sydenham’s Wessex League. Hopefully I’ve left a legacy on which the club can build and a ground that others can aspire too. I would like to congratulate all of the other finalists and in particular thank Southern Ground Care for their advice and guidance during my time at The Portway stadium”

Following his retirement from the Portway at the end of June this year, Chris has joined the Ground Grading team of the Sydenham’s Wessex League who are responsible for monitoring ground standards across all clubs in that league.

In addition to the individual award, Andover Town also receive significant financial reward in recognition of Chris’s efforts from competition sponsors, Budweiser.