It’s more than a hat trick ... for the fourth time in two years a Myerscough College trained groundsman has won a top industry award.
Luke Dodge, who works for Manchester City, has just been named Young Groundsman of the Year 2012 by the Institute of Groundsmanship.
Luke started an advanced apprenticeship in sportsturf with Myerscough straight from school and is now studying online towards a foundation degree in sportsturf management.
The 23-year-old is combining his studies with a full-time post as assistant groundsman at Manchester City, where he works at the club’s Carrington training ground and at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester’s Sportscity.
Previously Luke has worked at Blackburn Golf Club and Blackburn Rovers and plans to continue studying for a BSc (Hons) in sportsturf and management. He said: “I felt very privileged to pick up the award it’s a great achievement to put on to my CV.”
Luke’s tutor at Myerscough Dr Andy Owen said: “Everyone at Myerscough is proud of Luke for winning this prestigious award.
“I’m positive he will go on and do great things in the future. He is a bright and articulate young man and shows what a bright future our industry has. I feel proud that our online study option allows young people like Luke to continue their studies while working full-time.”
In 2012 former student Jonathan Calderwood, head groundsman at Aston Villa won IOG Groundsman of the Year.
In 2011 Niall Hazelhurst, assistant groundsman at Botlon Wanderers Reebok Stadium, won the IOG Young Groundsman of the Year title and in 2011 Myerscough student Adam Shoesmith was named IOG most promising sportsturf student.
Luke received his award at a special ceremony at York racecourse