Louise, taking the lead on finance and strategy on the GMA Young Board of Directors, provides an insight into the multitude of different avenues available to young people in grounds.
Anthony, current vice-chairman of the GMA Young Board of Directors, has worked his way from the ground up with his career. Starting in a volunteer position at the age of just 15, Anthony has gone on to fill numerous roles in the grounds industry.
Brad has been on the board for the past four years helping to inspire young people to take up a career in grounds. After getting a taste of the industry at just age 14 assisting the club groundsman of a local semi-professional football club.
Joe had an interest in all things green from a young age and has since gone to represent the environmental side of groundskeeping. In his role as events orgniser on the GMA Young Board of Directors, he hopes raise awareness of
Jessica Mayho is the GMA Young Board's Facilitator, helping to making the events run by the board a reality and getting more young people interested in grounds.
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GROUNDS PROVIDES CAREER GROWTH
Anthony Facey, current vice-chairman of the GMA Young Board of Directors, has worked his way from the ground up with his career. Starting in a volunteer position at the age of just 15, Anthony has gone on to fill numerous roles in the grounds industry, including positions with Whitgift School, Colchester United FC, Tottenham Hotspur and now with Tuckwells providing golf clubs with the latest turfcare machinery. With years of knowledge and experience behind him, Anthony can bring great insight to the board and its work and is eager to inspire the next generation to follow in his footsteps.
I think it’s important that in the early days when you’re trying to forge a career for yourself you get your head down, work hard, and try to speak to as many different groundspeople as possible. We’re a friendly bunch, even the big boys who are at the top stadiums – they’re always willing to help.
Why did you decide to get involved with the GMA Young Board of Directors?
I joined the board because I wanted to be proactive in promoting groundsmanship to the next generation and drawing more young people into this industry.
What’s your role on the board?
Currently, I’m the Vice-chairman.
What do you enjoy most about being involved?
It’s great being able to visit schools and make students aware of a potential career path that they might not have necessarily considered. There’s a lot of different opportunities in grounds, so being able to show them that is really rewarding.
What do you most hope to achieve?
The more people we can get interested in the industry the better. A lot of us wanted to be sportsmen when we were younger – footballers, cricketers, and the like, but that doesn’t always work out. It’s good to show the next generation of aspiring sportspeople that there are other work opportunities within the professional sporting environment that they can consider and get a lot of enjoyment and fulfilment from.
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