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Julien brings to the role an extensive skills set and knowledge base after beginning his groundsmanship career as a 15-year-old volunteer at his local cricket club (Attleborough Sports) and, during the subsequent 16 years, also being club chairman, secretary, treasurer and groundsman.
“It is this experience in particular,” he says, “that provides me with the ideal platform to understand the needs of the volunteer sector and what GaNTIP can do to improve playing surfaces and the skills and knowledge of those who maintain them.
“Being a volunteer myself, I am also well aware of the roles played within grassroots sports by County FAs and cricket boards.”
During his time at Coventry City – where he has been head groundsman since 2013 – Julien has progressed through the groundsmanship ranks, after joining in 2008 as an apprentice.
He then became junior groundsman, groundsman, academy site manager (with responsibility for a five-pitch training facility), deputy head groundsman at the Ricoh Arena before being appointed head groundsman overseeing both the first team and academy training facilities.
Julien holds a NPTC Diploma Level 3 in Sports Turf Management in 2011, as well as NPTC Spraying qualifications PA1, PA2 and PA6.