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.
GMA Young Board Member
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GMA Young Board
GMA YOUNG BOARD MEMBER ON A MISSION TO SHOW THE RANGE OF CAREERS
23-year-old Sam Cain is committed to showing young people the wide range of career opportunities available in the industry. After having studied Graphic Design and Communication at Central Saint Martins, Sam recognised a gap in the market and began his business creating innovative line marking designs for underused open spaces in schools and public areas. His business, Cain Markings, now designs, produces and maintains high-quality line markings for a host of surfaces and venues. Sam credits the experience and skills he gained at university as helping him to succeed, and his Dad as his biggest inspiration, having worked his way up in groundscare from an apprentice to an operations manager.
With my Dad in the industry, I’ve grown up around groundscare, so it’s always been in my blood. It hasn’t been an easy ride trying to start my own business. It’s been a challenge and a huge learning curve, but I don’t regret it one bit. I really enjoy my work, it’s so rewarding to be able to see a process through from beginning to end. Helping the client by coming up with innovative ways to solve problems and seeing how happy they are with the finished result is just great.
Holly Jones, marketing manager at Reesink, says: “Seeing ambitious, young people progressing in the industry, learning from those with experience and through their own hard work and education, is always a delight. Here we learn how Sam intends to take his own experience of the industry and help make a positive change for young people at the beginning of their careers.”
Sam says: “Joining the GMA Young Board of Directors in November 2018, has already been a great experience so far and a real step for me in my career, opening up a lot of opportunities. Being able to speak to other people my age with similar views, sharing advice and knowledge, has been brilliant.”
So what do you hope to achieve by being on the board? “When you look at the board, it’s mostly made up of groundsmen at football clubs, so I’m one of the odd ones out, but that’s why I wanted to join. I wanted to be able to show young people that there are lots of opportunities and career paths you can take in grounds even if you don’t like football! There’s the business side where I am, but there are also jobs and opportunities in technology and at other sports venues such as tennis and basketball courts. “I’m really excited to begin my time on the board, helping to show another perspective and represent young people who are maybe wanting to go down a less traditional route. I think showing the range of opportunities available will really encourage young people to get more involved in the industry. Ultimately, I want to redefine what being in groundscare means, and make people realise it’s not just about working at a football club."What do you think is stopping younger people from getting into the industry? “I think as the industry is predominantly made up of an older generation, there is a very small percentage of people who feel as though they don’t need to listen to someone younger with new ideas. I think it would be hugely beneficial if there was a change in attitude around this as we need younger people involved to keep the industry going.”
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