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.
Freelance, grounds management
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GMA Young Board
YOUNG BOARD TO NURTURE SKILLS AND CAREER GROWTH
Joe had an interest in all things green from a young age and has since gone on to represent the environmental side of groundskeeping. In his role as events organiser on the GMA Young Board of Directors, he hopes to not only raise awareness of careers in grounds to young people, but highlight the many different avenues outside of sport available in the groundskeeping industry.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my experience, it’s that there’s so many industries under the umbrella of ‘grounds’. There’s agronomy science, trees, ecology, waterways, environment agencies, mechanics, and from my perspective there’s something in the grounds management industry for everyone
Why did you decide to get involved with the GMA Young Board of Directors?
I want to be able to make a positive change in the industry. I’ve been on the recruitment side of grounds management and seen there’s not enough new people coming in. I found out about the Young Board and the work they were doing such as Schools Into Stadia and knew I wanted to be a part of that effort of getting young people into grounds.
What’s your role on the board?
I’m on the events side of things which involves setting up and managing events throughout the year.
What do you enjoy most about being involved?
It’s nice to see the engagement. We’ve had some really great events like World Skills where we get to speak to kids at the stage of picking their options. Most of them don’t even know grounds is a profession, so getting to show them football stadiums and pitches and the machinery we use and seeing their excitement, that’s really rewarding.
What do you most hope to achieve?
To get more young people aware of the industry and get them engaged with it. We can do an event and speak to 500 kids and for one of them this might be a real career prospect that they might not have otherwise considered.
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