The Wildcats are delighted to announce that their grounds man, Steve Dutton, has been awarded the ‘Brian Cartwright Grounds Man of the Year’ trophy.
The award is named after Brian Cartwright who was the Rugby Football League’s Honorary Grounds person.
Steve, or ‘Bathy’ as he is most commonly known at the club, received his award on the pitch at Old Trafford on Saturday at the Engage Grand Final. The trophy was presented to him by Brian’s son Andrew Cartwright and the judges of the award, Ian Lacy (Head of Professional Services at the Institute of Groundsmanship), Keith Kent (Head Groundsmen at Twickenham Stadium), Neil Holding (Ex Great Britain Lion and Groundsperson for Liverpool FC) and Dave Saltman (Managing Director of Pitchcare).
Steve made it to the last two and was up against Kiel Barrat and Ryan Goulding from the Leeds Rhinos but came out victorious and won the award.
Wildcats Director of Operations, Francis Stephenson, said, ‘From my experience within stadium management, I can confidently state that no one else would be able to produce a pitch of such quality so consistently with so few resources,’
On speaking about his award Steve told us, ‘I was shocked when the RFL contacted me to tell me I had won. I’m delighted that I received the award and would like to thank everyone at the RFL for a great day on Saturday.’
Everyone here at the Wildcats would like to congratulate Steve on what is an excellent achievement and thank him for his continued hard work.