Kiel Barrett leaves Headingley Carnegie today after six years outstanding service One of the most popular members of staff at Headingley Carnegie will leave the club today as Assistant Groundsman Kiel Barrett moves to Leeds United as Elland Road's new Head Groundsman.
It is believed the 23 year old will become the youngest Head Groundsman of a stadium pitch in the country having spent six years learning his trade at Headingley Carnegie, the last two of which he has been in charge of the stadium pitch.
Originally from Rodley, he came to the club on work experience after former Leeds Carnegie team manager John Carey suggested he came to learn about groundskeeping from Head Groundsman Jason Booth. Having worked as a volunteer, Booth saw his potential and offered him a job in 2006.
Commenting on Kiel's contribution to the club, Booth said, "Kiel has been a pleasure to work with and has risen up the ranks to run the stadium pitch for last two years. He is an integral part of the team, especially with our contracting business, and he will be sorely missed. He is highly skilled and the fact that he will become one of the youngest, if not the youngest head groundsmen in the country justifies the development work that we put into our staff here at Leeds Rugby. He goes with our best wishes and I am sure he will be a big success with Leeds United."
Ryan Golding, 25, has now been promoted to Assistant Head Groundsman and will now be responsible for the pitch at Headingley Carnegie with a new appointment set to take on Ryan's duties at the Kirkstall training ground.
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