23-year-old Sam Cain, who runs his own business, explains how he was on a mission to show young people the range of careers in grounds, even if they don't like football!
Never one to miss an opportunity, board member John Wright explains how training has been so instrumental for achieving his impressive career goals so young.
Matt has so far found the grounds industry full of rewarding opportunities, which is why he joined the Board, to let others know about it!
As a young professional greatly enjoying his career as a groundsman, Brad joined the Board to help promote the industry to young people and inspire them to get involved
After finding a route into the indsutry, Connor now wants to emulate his role models in the grounds industry to inspire future generations.
As a young entrepreneur who started his own garden and sports grounds maintenance company, Joe certainly has a valuable perspective to bring to the Board.
Scott credits the industry as one that behaves like a family, and the importance of helping each other is something he wants to promote.
As an award winning groundsman, Liam has certainly had a varied and rewarding career already. Which is why he is such a great role model to have on the Young Board.
Groundsman, Fulham Football Club
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CAREER IN GROUNDSMANSHIP BRINGING ENVIABLE OPPORTUNITIES
Liam’s 13 year old self probably wouldn’t have believed it if he’d been told his future would include getting to work on maintaining the 2012 Olympic rugby training pitch at St Mary’s University, or being part of the team to win an award for making the University of Surrey one of the top four university grounds in the UK... Or that he’d be asked to be a Young Board member!
Using the board as his platform he’s excited to help promote groundsmanship to the younger generation across the country.
To be part of the GMA Young Board of Directors is a wonderful feeling. Being surrounded by people who have the same love for the job as you, to talk to people to hear their ideas and views and being able to help promote groundsmanship to the younger generation across the country is so enjoyable.
Liam explains: "I decided from a young age that I wanted to work outside and was aged 13 when I got my first taste of volunteer groundsmanship at my local football club Ashford Town (Middlesex) Football Club. I left school in the summer of 2010, with reasonable GCSE results and decided to focus on pursuing a career in groundsmanship. After applying for many jobs, eventually I got offered a two-year Level 2 Horticulture apprenticeship at Kingston Garden Services. I learned many aspects of groundsmanship in this role, but the highlight was maintaining the 2012 Olympic rugby training pitch at St Marys University, Twickenham which was used by international players from Ireland, South Africa and China.
"In 2012, I made the move to the grounds team at the University of Surrey in Guildford and during my time there the grounds team was presented with awards for one of the top four university grounds in the UK. It was a real privilege to be part of this team and to have our hard work recognised nationally."
With such an incredible career already, what's next for you? "Currently I'm working at Motspur Park, the Fulham Football Club training ground, maintaining the pitches and the surrounding area of the club's premises. But in the future I'm hoping to keep training and to gain as many qualifications as I can. I'm looking into starting my Level 2 in sports turf and would also like to do my PA2 spraying certificate."
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