The Racecourse Association (RCA) has announced the winners of the Racecourse Groundstaff Awards for 2017 and it’s fantastic to see Maurice Crooks from Haydock Park picking up a lifetime achievement award for 46 years service.
Maurice is head groundsman and estates manager at Haydock Park Racecourse, one of the leading racetracks in the North West of England.
Maurice has been a huge part of the team at Haydock Park for many years and played a key role in the reconstruction of the track from 2008 to 2013. As well as his work at Haydock Park his work within the wider industry as a major contributor to the Racecourse Association Head Groundsman/Clerk of the Course forums is invaluable.
He also plays a crucial mentoring role within the Jockey Club assisting their research and development.
Caroline Davies, RCA Racecourse Services Director, said: “We are absolutely thrilled for all the winners who have demonstrated an exceptional level of commitment and excellence across the year.
“Our Racecourse Groundstaff are always faced with a unique set of challenges either through the amount of racing they have to prepare for or the varying weather that is thrown at them. All the winners have shown tremendous ability to produce world class facilities for our Horsemen so well done to all the winners and we look forward to crowning a champion at Showcase 2017.”
Out of all the category winners, a Groundstaff Champion will be chosen and crowned at the 2017 RCA Showcase Awards on 16 November at Newbury Racecourse.