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Devonshire Park Tennis Team Nets Top Award

6 November 2018

Devonshire Park Groundstaff scored an ace at the prestigious Institute of Groundsmanship Industry Awards, winning Professional Tennis Courts Grounds Team of the Year.


Devonshire Park Tennis Team Nets Top Award

The awards event is a highlight of the annual SALTEX exhibition at the Birmingham NEC, Europe’s largest event for grounds care and green space management.

 The five person team behind the world renowned courts at Devonshire Park, home of the Nature Valley International, picked up several accolades, including runner up in the category of Public Sector Sports Ground Team of the Year and Most Promising Sports Turf Student of the Year for the newly qualified Tom Bacon.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “A huge well done to Danny and his team for picking up such a prestigious industry award and two runner-up places too! This is the result of years of hard work and determination, keeping the courts in world class condition through a combination of innovative techniques and generations of knowledge within the team too.”

At the show last week, Head Groundsman Danny Negus demonstrated his award-winning turf talent by leading an educational seminar, sharing some of his wide ranging experience from an expert panel.

Danny was also recently selected to join an elite group of 50 professionals across Europe, alongside the likes of Gleneagles and Real Madrid, in a fully sponsored place at the Turf Business Summit, which aimed to spark innovation across the industry.

Managing 24 tennis courts in total at Devonshire Park and Meads Tennis Club, the team have recently added the greens at Eastbourne Downs Golf Club to their remit. Head Groundsman Danny has also overseen the recent refurbishment of courts and new irrigation systems at Devonshire Park, launching a brand new show court this year as part of the £54m Devonshire Quarter redevelopment.

As well as all year round turf management with an annual winter renovation programme, the team also set up infrastructure and break down courts after each tournament, maintain herbaceous displays and conduct their own mechanical repairs.

Marking out white lines is a key skill taking ‘plenty of practice and patience’ and their finishing touch is to ensure courts are professionally dressed and immaculate for the millions of TV viewers around the world.

The Nature Valley International returns from 21 – 29 June 2019, to book tickets visit

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