Sports Grounds Assistant

University of Southampton - Sport & Wellbeing

An exciting opportunity has arisen for you to work in the University of Southampton’s Sport and Wellbeing facilities, which are open to its students, staff and members of the wider community. These include the signature Jubilee Sports Centre, Wide Lane Sports’ Ground and the Watersports Centre. An extensive range of sport and leisure classes, courses and facilities are available to our customers from 07:00 to 22:00 every day of the week.

We are looking for a Grounds Assistant, to work at the Wide Lane Sports' Ground, who is keen to be part of a dynamic and dependable team. The University's outdoor facilities include 22 hectares of mixed sport pitches, a pavilion and two gyms. The grounds team work throughout the year to provide playable surfaces for a number of sports such as football, rugby, cricket, hockey, tennis and American football. The grounds team also support the outdoor facilities at the University's Watersports centre, ensuring the site is safe for use. Applicants for the role would ideally be looking to learn to work within this team or bring significant skills to this post to enhance the provision of pitches at Wide Lane. 

Wide Lane is equipped with a large range of equipment to help maintain the pitches and grounds of the site. Applicants would be required to drive machinery with attachments such as mowers, harrows, seeders and aeration. Other jobs on site would require the grounds staff to maintain hedgerows, synthetic pitches and the buildings on site. 

Applicants should be qualified to at least GCSE level with both grounds work experience and also experience of working within a team. 

This position is full time working on a rota pattern between 8am and 6pm, 7 days a week. Adjustments to rota patterns may be made occasionally to accommodate events. 

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The successful candidate will be appointed on a starting salary of £16,983 plus a 10% enhancement for unique working pattern.

Application Procedure:

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Sam Stubbs (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0)23 8059 4046. Please quote reference 951717EW-R on all correspondence.

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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