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Calderwood Amongst The Trophies Again

Award winning, or is that actually multi award winning groundsman Jonathan Calderwood has scooped Groundsman of the Year for the second time.

Calderwood pipped Stokie groundsman Andy Jackson to the Institute Of Groundsmanship award at a ceremony in York last night. Calderwood previously won this award back in 2009.

Speaking to the Official Site following the honour, he said:

'It's a great honour, the IOG vote is based on votes cast by professional groundsmen from all sports - not just football - and other industry leaders too. I am very proud but a massive amount of praise has to go to all of my team for the hard work and dedication they put into making sure that the pitch at Villa Park, as well as all of the pitches at Bodymoor, remain up to our very high standards. There were some good pitches in the mix this season, none more so than Andy's at the Britannia. I am pleased to have come out on top in that battle, let's hope the first team do too tomorrow.'

See what he did there eh!

As some will know, or maybe not? Calderwood and his team not only look after the Villa Park pitch, but also the seven full size grass pitches, three goalkeeping areas, six junior pitches and three full size 3G synthetic pitches at Bodymoor and the award is is recognition of their high standard of upkeep.

I doubt it'll be the last award Jonathan wins during his tenure at the club, well done!

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Writer: Mike Field Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday December 7 2012

Time: 6:11PM

Your Comments

Good stuff, well done all. Remember how bad the pitch was back in the 90's? Bozzie standing in a patch of fake grass, complete nonsense! Good to see how much better things are now :-)
Sheriff Kimbo
Excellent! Congrats and great to hear!
Astriel
Top bloke to boot! He is the patron for NI Lions and will be over in June for the Lions Club Weekend with a few other legends!!
deano.avfc
Football pitches in general have come on leaps and bounds over the last few years. When you look back to some old MOTDs back in the 80s etc, the improvments in grass technology has been immense. But to keep on the right track, you still have to be on the ball. Well done Jonathan..... keep up the good work.
Pride of Lions
We win awards for the state of our pitch, we win awards for our quality food, all we have to do now is to get the footballing side of things back on track, and we'll be a right bunch of merry Villans.
glensider
Well done to Jonathan Calderwood who does the club proud with his inscrutable knowledge of all things Grass. The pitch at Wigan is a mud slop of a crater in comparison to our beautiful carpet.
Villa_Grizzly
 

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