Finedon groundsman aims to be pitch perfect

Josef Farrow, left, and Richard Dexter at Oakham School
Josef Farrow, left, and Richard Dexter at Oakham School

An apprentice groundsman from Finedon has been shortlisted for a prestigious award.

Josef Farrow, 18, an apprentice groundsman at Oakham School, has been named as a finalist in the Young Groundsman of the Year award.

Josef, who combines his work at the school with studying at Myerscough College, said: “I was really pleased just to have been put forward for the award, as it showed me that both Oakham School and Myerscough College thought I was a good groundsman and had potential.

“I was even more surprised to learn that I’d been shortlisted. It really is a great honour, and I’m looking forward to the awards ceremony.”

Josef’s college tutor Martyn Lumb said: “For his age, Josef has showed exceptional ability and has worked really hard to achieve his apprenticeship qualification.”

Head groundsman at Oakham School, Richard Dexter, added: “Everyone at Oakham is delighted with Josef’s achievements. To be an IOG Young Groundsman finalist is a fantastic achievement and something that Josef can be really proud of.

“He has certainly been a great addition to our team, as he has put a lot of hard work in to help maintain our national reputation for outstanding pitches and grounds here at Oakham.”

The annual award, run by the Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG), is highly regarded by the sector, and Josef is one of three finalists.

The winner will be announced on December 4.