The first winner of a new competition sponsored by The Toro Company, and run by the English Region of the Club Managers Association of Europe (CMAE), has been announced.
Amber Rawson, of the Reform Club, London, won the Club Managers Diploma Bursary for 2007. Amber received a Toro educational bursary of £1000, which will fund her first year's fees to attend the CMAE's Management Development Programme to study for the Club Managers' Diploma. The programme, developed with support from Elmwood College, is the first step to becoming a Certified Club Manager. Amber, who is assistant house manager at the Reform Club, will also have a year's CMAE membership fees paid.
Richard Corbett, assistant to the golf operations manager at Woburn Golf Club, was runner-up and received a year's free membership of CMAE.
Andrew Brown, Toro's European corporate accounts manager, presented Amber with her winner's certificate, at the Reform Club, with secretary, Michael McKerchar, and CMAE English chair, Nigel Cartwright, looking on. Alastair Curbbun, the competition organiser, and Conrad Winter, English Region secretary, were also there.
To win the award, entrants had to submit the best 400-word essay on why they believed the Club Managers' Diploma is very relevant to clubs. The competition was open to all supervisors and managers of the 500-plus clubs in the CMAE's English Region, which includes golf, country, tennis, city and athletics among others.
"Amber's entry was well structured, comprehensive but concise," said Nigel Cartwright.
: Andrew Brown (second left), Toro's European corporate accounts manager, presents Amber Rawson with her winner's certificate, with secretary, Michael McKerchar, and CMAE English chair, Nigel Cartwright, looking on.