Matt Jenkins

Age: 26

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I’ve always had a passion for sports, football in particular. When I started working as a match day volunteer at Southampton FC I knew it was a career that I wanted to pursue - I love working outside and the different challenges we have to deal with. I also work with a brilliant group of people at Southampton which makes my job even more enjoyable.
I first got into the sports turf industry by chance as an apprenticeship was offered to me at Sandford springs golf course. I completed my NVQ Level 2 in sports turf there before moving to Southampton FC in July 2016.
So far I had completed my NVQ Level 2 in sports turf, first aid training, PA1 and PA6, as well as a day course on irrigation.
I’ve just recently started my NVQ level 3 in sports turf, but I would also like to do more courses and expand my knowledge of both irrigation and machinery. As well as in the future doing a level 4 course potentially in management.
Maintaining the 9 grass football pitches and 2 artificial football pitches at Southampton’s training ground.
Keeping the pitches in the best possible condition throughout a busy football season and the always unpredictable English weather.
Receiving compliments or recognition from the staff or players, as well as visiting teams.
Becoming a member of the ground staff team at Southampton Football Club.
Hopefully more qualified with more responsibility at Southampton.
All of the volunteers that work throughout the whole industry, offering their time to help out with something they’re passionate about.
Getting people involved with a brilliant industry which can be very rewarding and is full of opportunities.
I enjoy watching and playing all kinds of sports, and spending time and relaxing with my friends and family.