Wembley groundsman joins IOG pitch advisor team

Daniel Bradley, formerly assistant head groundsman at Wembley Stadium, has been appointed as the Greater London area regional pitch advisor for the Institute of Groundsmanship-led Grounds and Natural Turf Improvement Programme (GaNTIP). 

His appointment extends the number of GaNTIP regional pitch advisors to eight, plus two key account managers, for the programme that aims to improve the standard of grassroots pitches and the skills of those who look after them throughout England.

Daniel brings to the role more than 11 years of groundsmanship and horticultural experience, underpinned by current studies towards his Level 3 Diploma in Horticulture (Sports Turf) to complement the Level 2 work-based Diploma he gained in 2016.

In more recent years, his role as assistant head groundsman at Wembley, since July 2017, followed 11 months spent on the grounds team at The Liberty Stadium, Swansea, after being senior grounds person at Magdalen College School, Oxford, for two years. 

Commenting on his new role, Daniel says: “I am very excited about the potential for GaNTIP to help grassroots sport improve the playability of their facilities. Having worked at Wembley during a period when the National Stadium has undoubtedly endured its busiest fixture schedule, I am confident I can make a difference in enabling more clubs and sites make the most of playing surfaces that are already generally very well utilised.”

GaNTIP director Jason Booth, adds: “Daniel’s appointment shows the calibre of individuals who the programme continues to attract. It is also a statement of the importance placed on the programme by its partners, the Institute of Groundsmanship and National Governing Bodies – The Football Association, the Football Foundation and the England and Wales Cricket Board.”

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