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.
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John Wright is one of the newest members on the GMA Young Board and, as surely one of the youngest stadium head groundsmen in the industry, will have a lot of relevant careers advice to offer IOG members in their professional development.
“The industry is constantly evolving and so are the skills needed. I would like to think that as Young Board members we’re able to show and encourage our current and future members of the development, support and training opportunities on offer that are ever-expanding.”
Southampton Football Club’s stadium head groundsman John, now 27, has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the industry.
The industry is constantly evolving and so are the skills needed. I would like to think that as Young Board members we’re able to show and encourage our current and future members of the development, support and training opportunities on offer that are ever-expanding.
In 2015, after spending seven years at Coventry City Football Club, John, then aged 23, was appointed stadium head groundsman for The Saints at Southampton Football Club’s St Mary’s Stadium, a club renowned for its youth development says John.
His steely determination has, he says, been “shaped and guided” by a number of influential groundsmen. These include John Ledwidge and Julien Morris at Coventry City Football Club’s academy ground and stadium, and Andy Gray at Southampton Football Club. “I am lucky enough to say that these guys have always encouraged me in many ways and have been my mentors on an exciting journey.”
“It was a period when, at such a young age, I gained invaluable experience and life lessons, and it is a time, although stressful, that I am extremely grateful for.”
Rochelle Bedford, marketing manager at Reesink, says: “By his own admission John has been lucky to have had the support and invaluable advice of some influential and extremely knowledgeable figures in the industry. It’s fantastic to see John want to carry on this mentoring support in his role on the Young Board of Directors. It’s also clear to see the advantage training has had on his development. He will have so much to offer the initiative.”
While gaining his Level 3 in Sports Turf Management John also earnt a City and Guilds Medal for Excellence Award – one of only 78 medals issued to over 1,800,000 candidates worldwide and the first Medal for Excellence award for the Institute of Groundsmanship.
“Education is key to getting more youngsters into groundscare. And I hope that by joining the IOG Young Board I can help get the message out to young people in schools and colleges that there is an extensive education programme available in the groundscare industry, including opportunities for degrees.
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