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 PRAISES BRILLIANT AND REWARDING INDUSTRY
When you consider yourself part of a "brilliant" and "rewarding" industry which is "full of opportunities", it goes without saying you want to let other people know about it, hence the reason why Matt is delighted to be a part of the Young Board of Directors.
"I've always had a passion for sports, football in particular," says Matt. "When I started working as a match day volunteer at Southampton Football Club I knew it was a career that I wanted to pursue - I love working outside and the different challenges we have to deal with. I also work with a brilliant group of people at Southampton which makes my job even more enjoyable."
I find it incredibly rewarding to receive compliments or recognition from staff, players or visiting teams on the quality of the turf. So being on the Board and helping get people involved in this rewarding and brilliant industry, which is also full of opportunities, is something I really enjoy.
"I first got into the sports turf industry by chance as an apprenticeship was offered to me at Sandford Springs Golf Course. I completed my NVQ Level 2 in sports turf there before moving to Southampton FC in July 2016. So far, I've not only completed my NVQ Level 2, but I've also done first aid training, PA1 and PA6, as well as a day long course on irrigation.
"I've now started my NVQ level 3 in sports turf, but I would also like to do more courses and expand my knowledge of both irrigation and machinery in the near future. And potentially, I might look to do a level 4 course, maybe even in management."
So what does your current job involve? "I mainly work on Southampton's training ground, helping to maintain a total of nine grass football pitches and two artificial pitches. I think the most challenging part of the job is keeping the pitches in the best possible condition throughout a busy football season and the always unpredictable English weather!"
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