Aston Villa crowned Premier League Grounds Team of the Season

The Premier League have named Aston Villa as the worthy winners of the Grounds Team of the Season award for 2023/24.

Determined by a number of factors, the Grounds Team of the Season Award takes into account the amount of usage, environmental conditions, assessment of resources and management, marks given by the Referees and Match Delegates at each fixture. A pitch-quality inspection is also conducted by independent sports turf experts to ensure all criteria are met. 

The pitch at Villa Park was commended for its exceptional quality throughout the season despite a high number of women’s and European fixtures as well as the 19 Premier League matches.

In addition, the grounds team at Villa had their approach to innovation and sustainability praised, scoring highly in this area as a result of reducing their use of fungicides and consideration of adapting machinery to perform bespoke tasks.

The team led by the illustrious Karl Prescott received their award on Monday ahead of the match against Liverpool.

Aston Villa join a list of impressive past Grounds Teams of the Season winners, including:
2022/23 Leicester City
2021/22 Tottenham Hotspur
2020/21 Man Utd
2019/20 -
2018/19 Man Utd
2017/18 Watford
2016/17 Man Utd
2015/16 Aston Villa
2014/15 Arsenal/Man Utd