Connor Collins

Age: 24

Questions and Answers

It was always my dream to work in football and I was exploring all different routes into this. I was lucky enough to be given a trial shift as part of the match day grounds squad at Southampton FC, after which I was hooked. I then researched more into the industry as I had enjoyed the experience so much!
The Southampton FC experience made me realise I wanted to do groundsmanship full time. I applied for a job at Swindon Town FC, which were hiring for an apprentice groundsman which was one of the best choices I have ever made!
I am currently studying a Level 2 Sports Turf Operative course at Wiltshire College. I have also completed a First Aid course.
Once I complete my Level 2 course, I plan to move on to my Level 3 and then hopefully my Level 4 in Sports Turf Management. I also plan to do my PA1 and PA6 spraying courses.
I prepare and maintain the county grounds pitch, which includes a variety of tasks - from cutting to marking out and everything in between.
The biggest challenge is keeping the pitch at a good quality level throughout the year, working around pitch use and difficult weather.
It is always nice to receive praise from players and staff but for me it is getting a game on when all the odds are against you.
Me and my boss, Marcus Cassidy, were proud to have been nominated for an GMA Grounds Team of the year and to get to the final!
I would like to think I will be in a management role somewhere and will be in a position to pass on what I have learnt to someone else.
My boss at Swindon, Marcus Cassidy, is a role model to me and someone I would like to emulate as well as my boss at Southampton, John Wright, both are people who have taught me a lot and who I still have a lot to learn from.
I enjoy the prospect of educating young people about the industry and getting more people interested in it!
I enjoy watching Southampton FC with my season ticket and playing football. I also enjoy going to the cinema and going out.