Kevin Harlow, Groundsman at Mease Pavilion for Hilton Harriers FC, delighted social media with his poppy pitch markings to commemorate Remembrance Sunday.
Kevin’s poppy on the pitch was a thoughtful tribute to Remembrance Sunday on the 11th November and was first revealed to players on Saturday, 3rd November when the matches kicked off. Players held a minute’s silence and will continue to do so in games leading up to Sunday 11th.
Kevin created his respectful turf poppy with the help of his daughter, as he explains: “I spent about an hour designing the poppy on plywood with the help of my daughter who is more artistic than me! I then cut it out with a jigsaw, placed the poppy in the centre of the pitch and spray painted it.”
Mease Pavilion, on the southern edge of Hilton in Derby, is home to the FA Community Club, Hilton Harriers FC. Kevin, a volunteer groundsman for the Club for 20 years, has helped to maintain the Club’s two pitches providing continuous game time for the club’s 37 teams.
Hilton Harriers FC dates back to 1992 and now has more than 400 registered players and 70 coaches. The growth of this successful village Club is all thanks to a dedicated committee and an army of volunteers such as Kevin.