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.
Director, Manor Garden Services
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YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR NURTURING SKILLS AND CAREER GROWTH
There are many career paths for a groundsperson. Founding and running your own business is one which Joe has successfully achieved. In his role as director at Manor Garden Services he oversees a team of ten gardeners, nurturing their skills and career growth. This is one of the reasons a role on the Young Board is so well suited to Joe.
What I enjoy most about my role as a Young Board member is being able to inspire and promote groundsmanship to young people. Also, meeting and listening to people and learning from what other people are doing to better their own careers and further promote the industry.
"I've always had an interest in sport from a young age, as well as all things green," says Joe. "I worked for a grounds maintenance company on work experience and my passion grew from there. I then went on to work as an apprentice on a derelict golf course that unfortunately was never completed. The new owner was keen to retain the 18th hole as a formal lawn at the back of the house and the rest of the estate was returned to parkland and arable enterprise, so I went on to manage the garden team and lawns. After three years, I decided to go on my own and build up a garden and sports maintenance company."
So what does running your business include? "I run a team of 10 staff, managing large gardens and sports grounds. We work in large private estate gardens as well as contracting for local sports clubs and private pitches. My job entails team management and assisting with preparing the gardens and pitches. The hardest part is obviously adapting to the weather, but it's very rewarding to see the result of everyone's hard work and even more so when we get positive feedback from our clients."
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