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.
Head groundsman, Lincoln City Football Club
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GMA Young Board
SETTING YOUNG PEOPLE UP WITH GROUNDS FOR SUCCESS
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, Brad has moved up the ranks and is now head groundsman at Lincoln City Football Club giving him the industry knowledge to help the next generation who are at the very start of their careers.
Nine times out of ten when you speak to people in the industry, they’ll say as soon as you get involved, you’re hooked. It’s quite an addictive industry and it has to be considering the time, effort and hours that goes into it. Ultimately the best thing about our industry is that everyone is willing to help everyone.
Why did you decide to get involved with the GMA Young Board of Directors?
I kind of fell into it! I was at SALTEX about five years ago and my manager at the time knew someone on the Board. It came up in conversation that there was an opening available and my manager thought it would be something I’d be good at and signed me up there and then! The rest is history and I’ve been on the board ever since.
What’s your role on the board?
My role is currently around the events side of things, organising events and tying in key ones such as SALTEX. We’re currently planning the ‘Schools into Stadia’ at my ground, Lincoln City for March. We mainly look at the different ways we can impact young people and be seen and active.
What do you enjoy most about being involved?
I’ve been very fortunate to meet a lot of influential groundspeople and go to some very nice venues through my work with the Young Board. Having direct access to Geoff Webb, CEO of the Grounds Management Association is something that’s been a real benefit. It’s an in to people who are very influential within the industry - I know Geoff personally now - I wouldn’t have that if not for this experience.
What do you most hope to achieve?
We’re looking to get kickstarted with a really good events programme in 2023. What with COVID and a change in strategy, things have been slow and difficult in that area in particular and we can’t wait to get this in motion. We’re excited to see the reach and impact of what we can do and try to encourage young people to join the industry.
Ultimately if just one young person signs up as a result of an event that we’ve put on then it’s well worth doing – because let’s face it, there’s not many of us.
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