Grounds Management Association (GMA), the leading not-for-profit membership body for grounds professionals and volunteers, has today (Monday 1 March) launched #GroundsWeek.
The inaugural celebration week takes place between 1 -7 March 2021 and will celebrate and highlight the vital role of professional grounds staff, volunteers, and the turf sector in making sport possible.
Following a difficult year for the sector due to the impact of Covid-19, the GMA aims to showcase grounds staff and the amazing work that they do – and have continued to do – despite sport coming to a grinding halt. It also comes after a year where parks and green spaces have been valuable to the public’s health, with increased use for ‘daily exercise’ and physical activity.
Grounds management continues to be challenging beyond 2020 due to limited resources and budgets, coupled with more varied and unpredictable weather conditions that makes planning tasks more difficult.
Geoff Webb, CEO of the GMA, said: “We know that the skill involved is often misunderstood. We want to inspire sports fans and the general public to celebrate alongside us and get even more people to enter the profession and lend a helping hand at pitches across the country.
“Without the vital work that grounds staff do, many sports would face cancellations and potentially closure. This is a chance to recognise all the hard work that goes into making sport possible and keeping green spaces accessible.”
The GMA’s campaign will encourage individuals and organisations across the industry, whether they have a career in grounds management or volunteer for an hour a week, to get involved both on the pitch and on social media.
Geoff continued: “Grounds staff are vital and the work they do is essential to getting the nation active – from professional athletes to local communities. After a really tough year, we’re launching this celebration week to raise awareness and give our members the opportunity to get the recognition they deserve.
Friday 5 March (7-8pm)
The GMA be running a unique webinar, GMA Live - #GroundsWeek Volunteer Special. The webinar will shine a spotlight on the heart and soul of the industry - the volunteer grounds people who are the foundation of sport and physical activity. The session will discuss the impact of COVID19 on amateur recreational sport, plus the wider support that is still available, as well as hints and tips on what you can do on a budget, even a reduced one.
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