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.
Groundsperson, AFC Bournemouth
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GMA YOUNG BOARD MEMBER SEES DREAM COME TRUE WORKING IN GROUNDS
Exploring different routes into the industry saw Connor land a trial shift as part of the match day grounds squad at Southampton Football Club. It was a move that led to him being recruited as an apprentice groundsman at the club and adds further evidence to how many different routes into the profession there are.
I think what I enjoy most about my role as a Young Board Member is the prospect of educating young people about the industry and getting more people interested in it! Particularly as I always aim to throw myself into the industry as much as possible.
"It was always my dream to work in football and I was exploring all different routes into this," says Connor. "I was lucky enough to be given a trial shift as part of the match day grounds squad at Southampton Football Club, after which I was hooked. I then researched more into the industry as I had enjoyed the experience so much!"
"The Southampton Football Club experience made me realise I wanted to do groundsmanship full time. I applied for a job at Swindon Town Football Club, which were hiring for an apprentice groundsman which was one of the best choices I have ever made! Now, I'm a groundsperson at AFC Bournemouth and alongside my job I am currently studying a Level 2 Sports Turf Operative course at Wiltshire College. Once I complete my Level 2 course, I plan to move on to my Level 3 and then hopefully my Level 4 in Sports Turf Management. I also plan to do my PA1 and PA6 spraying courses."
What else is waiting for you in your future then? "Eventually, I would like to think I'd be able to get myself a role in management somewhere, and will be in a position to pass on what I have learnt to someone else."
So what does a day in your job involve? "I prepare and maintain the county grounds pitch, which includes a variety of tasks - from cutting to marking out and everything in between. The biggest challenge is keeping the pitch at a good quality level throughout the year, working around pitch use and difficult weather.
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