Dolphin’s Watch

Sitting in one of England’s premier fruit-growing regions, Evesham United FC is at the heart of a thriving football community, and its scale of provision may be just about to rise up a couple of notches.

After surveying likely locations for a new 3G pitch, Worcester FA has reportedly plumped for Evesham United for a new community football focus.

Revealing this to me is club groundsman Steve Dolphin, “I’ve come into groundsmanship from the food and catering sector,” reveals Steve. “My previous job in a food factory in the area had come to an end and I was stuck for something else to do when the job here came up last summer.”

Steve relished the prospect of what was advertised as a part-time position. “I saw it as a temporary move and my head said I could rise to the challenge,” states the 66-year-old.

That part-time role has burgeoned into what is effectively a full-time commitment. “In terms of the hours I do, it is full-time,” says Steve. Though a solo groundsman, he works closely with a local sports contractor to help him with the heavier aspects of turfcare.

His responsibility rests not only with The Robins’ Spiers & Hartwell Jubilee Stadium main pitch, but also no fewer than thirteen others next door. “We have five full-size, six junior areas and a couple of training pitches.

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