Martin Sampson

Martin Sampson

Lead Instructor and Assessor

Martin delivers a wide variety of Lantra accredited and City & Guilds (NPTC) courses across the country, covering pesticide application, sports ground maintenance, and the use of tractors, ground care machinery, ATVs and hand held equipment. He is also a City & Guilds (NPTC) Pesticides Assessor.

Martin has more than 35 years’ experience in the ground care industry. He began his career in the valleys of South Wales with Taff Ely Borough Council, where he learnt his trade as a groundsman. He worked his way through the ranks, eventually achieving the post of Area Grounds Maintenance Officer for Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council. Martin left Wales in 2000 to take over at Gosling Sports Park in Welwyn Garden City. He then went on to develop his career in the private sector, working at a number of prestigious facilities including;

Head Groundsman - Harlequins Rugby Football Club

Director of Grounds - Epsom College

Grounds Maintenance Manager and Head Groundsman - Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School, Twickenham

He was also an FA appointed Pitch Judge for the Groundsman of the Year Awards.

Martin holds a number of turf culture qualifications, including:

  • National Practical Certificate in the Science and Practice of Turf Culture and Sports Ground Management
  • National Technical Certificate in the Science of Turf Culture and Sports Ground Management