Writtle College Sports Turf twin students, Anthony and Stuart Facey, have been shortlisted for the Young Groundsman of the Year accolade at the prestigious Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) Industry Awards 2015.
Stuart Facey is currently working at New Hall School in Chelmsford on its grounds, whilst his brother Anthony works at Whitgift School in Croydon. As Advanced Apprentices, they both spend one day a month studying at Writtle College for their Level 3 Diploma in Work-based Horticulture (Sports Turf – Groundsman).
Stuart, 23 years old from Witham in Essex, commented: “Anthony and I are delighted to be shortlisted for such an amazing award. It’s great to be able to study something we are both so passionate about and also be recognised for our achievements by the industry.”
Anthony added: “We are very excited to be nominated for this award as we have worked very hard throughout our apprenticeships, with the support from both Writtle College and the schools that we work.”
Now in its seventh year, the awards recognise the high standards achieved by volunteer and professional teams, as well as individuals at facilities ranging from grassroots to professional level.
The judging process recognises achievement, innovation and fresh thinking, as well as examples of best practice from the leaders in the world of groundsmanship.
Nigel Beckford, Lecturer in Horticulture, said: “It’s fantastic news that both Anthony and Stuart have been nominated for this award. It demonstrates their hard-work and dedication to both their course and the industry has been acknowledged.”
Independent judging at each venue will now take place and the winners will be announced Oscar-style at the IOG Industry Awards dinner at the Birmingham Metropole Hotel on Wednesday 4 November.