Oakham groundsman Josef aims for national accolade

Josef Farrow and head groundsman at Oakham School, Richard Dexter EMN-141118-134521001

Josef Farrow and head groundsman at Oakham School, Richard Dexter EMN-141118-134521001

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Josef Farrow, apprentice groundsman at Oakham School in Rutland, is celebrating after being named as a finalist for the much-coveted Young Groundsman of the Year award.

The annual award, run by the IOG (Institute of Groundsmanship), is incredibly highly regarded by the sector.

Josef’s talents have been nurtured and developed by both Myerscough College and the grounds team at Oakham School over the past 2 years.

As well as working full time at Oakham, Josef has been studying at Myerscough.

His hard work has certainly paid off for him this term - gaining his Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship and being named as one of only three finalists in this national award.

Josef, aged 18 from Finedon, Northamptonshire, is delighted to be nominated, saying: “I was really pleased just to have been put forward for the award, as it showed me that both Oakham School and Myerscough College thought I was a good groundsman and had potential.

“I was even more surprised to learn that I’d been shortlisted!

“It really is a great honour, and I’m looking forward to the awards ceremony.”

Josef will now be visited at work by an independent judge and the announcement will be made at an awards dinner on December 4.