Three Bridgwater & Taunton College Sports Turf and Greenkeeping students travelled to Wimbledon during the practice week before the Championships for a behind the scenes tour.
Simon, Jacob and Ryan beat off competition from students from six other colleges to win the Saltex Cup, a turf management competition, back in October and part of the prize was a visit to Wimbledon.
The tour was led by Neil Stubley, Head of Courts and Horticulture, who gave an in-depth insight of the work that goes into the preparation for the tournament as well as the year-round upkeep of the courts and grounds. All three students asked some great questions and have learnt a lot about potential careers in turf management.
Bridgwater & Taunton College will be hoping to regain the Saltex Cup in October, where a two day trip to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to help prepare for a Real Madrid match awaits the winners.
Pictured from left to right in Centre Court are; Cary Rawlings – BTC Trainer/Assessor, Jacob Camplin, Ryan Tate, Simon Cook, Dan Prest – Head of Member Services at the Institute of Groundsmanship, Neil Stubley – Head of Courts and Horticulture at the All England Lawn Tennis Club.