Keith Kent – Head Groundsman
Photo: RFU Archive
How did you get to where you are today?
I left school at 16 and joined Leicester City as a trainee groundsman. I loved football and when I knew I was not good enough to play it professionally I decided that I wanted to work in sport and saw this as a way to achieve that goal.
Why did you join the RFU?
I had been in football for over 32 years and the opportunity came up to work at the world famous Twickenham Stadium and decided that it was time for a change and could not resist the challenge.
What does your role involve?
My main job is to oversee and maintain the pitch here at Twickenham. We are proud to boast that we have the best playing surface in World rugby.
What do you enjoy most about working for the RFU?
I love working here. The people, the building itself, the team spirit. It is a joy to come into work everyday.
What is your take on Rugby?
I believe that the players are the bravest competitors in the world of sport. I am amazed every game that I see just how physical it is and just how fit and strong all the players have to be. I do not understand all the rules but just stand back and admire the skill and sheer guts!
What gets you out of bed in the morning?
The thought of coming into work! I love to get in and have a look at the pitch and see how it is progressing. My job is really good because the pitch changes with all the seasons of the year so one day is never the same as the last. On a match day I am in early and just waiting for the action to begin. The challenge of playing games and getting the pitch back into pristine condition is a challenge that I relish!
What does the future hold for you both at the RFU and your career?
I want to expand out more into the community of the RFU. At present one of my commitments is to go around and help as many junior clubs as I possibly can. This takes me away from Twickenham and I rely on my staff to carry on the good work. As the years progress I would like to become the RFU consultant of all pitches and travel far and wide. The pitch here will always be my main concern as this is the flagship pitch of them all.
Message to prospective applicants…
Just that who ever joins the RFU will be joining a forward looking, committed and friendly organisation that is famous the world over.
Tell us something interesting about you?
My other passion in life apart from my pitch is the fact that I am the worlds biggest Rolling Stones fan! I have seen them many times on every tour since 1973 and intend never to miss them in the future. They are simply the best rock 'n' roll band the world has ever seen!