Scott Humphries

Scott Humphries

Age: 27


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I decided from a young age that I enjoyed being in an outside environment and have always been fond of football. I used to play football when I was younger however due to an Injury I could no longer compete, so moving into groundsmanship was another way of working in the football industry.
It all started when I was about 12 years old when I was helping the groundsman on match days at Oxford United FC, which I did for about four seasons. At age 17, I had a few personal issues and was in quite a dark place, but then received a call from Brentford FC’s Nick Baldwin (head groundsman) and Tony Ashley (head of operations) who offered me an apprenticeship at Griffin Park and the training ground. It was there where I found my career path.
The training I have completed includes: PA1, PA2 and PA6 spraying courses.
Level 2 Diploma in work-based horticulture (sports turf - groundsman)
Level 3 Diploma in work-based horticulture (sports turf - groundsman)
A degree in sports turf and then keep progressing. Every day you learn something new.
My job involves looking after the Oxford United FC training ground which currently has nine pitches of various sizes with the plan to expand to get four more full-size pitches. On a day-to-day basis I have to make sure the pitches are in the best possible condition that they can be. I have the responsibility of looking after the grounds budget, checking machinery on a daily basis, liaising with coaches, and also being in contact with supplier representatives.
Mother Nature. Whatever the weather you have to work with it because if you try and beat it you will never win.
Keeping people off the pitches when they shouldn't be using them. Although I am very fortunate at Oxford that the manager and his staff are very conscious that the pitch needs to be the best it can
After a difficult week with weather and making sure training sessions continue and the team get a victory at the weekend. I feel if I can help make that 0.001% difference then that is great and what I am there for.
Head groundsman at Oxford United FC but by then they’ll be in the Premiership!
I am a firm believer that you need to work hard to get rewards. It would be great to at Premiership level and every day that goes by all adds to experience.
I think it is unfair to single anyone out as every groundsman and woman in the industry deserves credit as we are all one family, whether it be a volunteer groundsman at a non-league club or full-time groundsman at a top sporting venue, we should all help each other out. Ultimately, we all want to produce the best sports surfaces we possibly can with what we've got.
Spending time with my wife and son. Watching Oxford United matches. Also, I really enjoy reading different articles from various groundsmanship practitioners; always looking to pick up tips and how I can improve day by day.