0 The Grounds Management Association launches new online ‘Grounds Management Toolkit’ for volunteers

The Grounds Management Association (GMA) has launchd its online 'Grounds Management Toolkit', a training resource aimed to support volunteers maintaining football, cricket, rugby league and rugby union pitches. The new website consolidates information from the Sport England 'Groundsmanship' website and has reshaped some of its written content into short videos and easy-to-digest seasonal maintenance guides.

The 'Grounds Management Toolkit' follows the launch of the GMA's Level 1 and Level 2 online training courses, with modules that cover the basic grounds maintenance tasks required at grassroots level.

With face-to-face classroom training currently on hold due to restrictions, the GMA is developing its digital capabilities and touch points - such as webinars - to keep its member community, and the wider public, educated and informed on key issues relating to grounds management.

Jason Booth, Chief Operating Officer of the GMA, said: "We're committed to providing the best possible tools across all levels so that grounds management tasks are consistently completed to a high standard, aligning with the Grounds and Natural Turf Improvement Programme (GaNTIP) strategy that is delivered in partnership with the NGBs.

"We know that volunteers can sometimes only offer a few hours of their time each week, or that some local clubs struggle to find regular grounds volunteers. Without pitches, there is no sport so it could mean that millions of children and adults could miss out on physical activity.

"We're really grateful for Sport England's support in helping us deliver the 'Grounds Management Toolkit', giving us the opportunity to make this resource free for all."

Speaking about the new website, Tony Atherton, Technical Team Lead, of Sport England said: "We're really supportive of the GMA's approach to upskilling grounds staff and volunteers, so handing over the Groundsmanship website was a natural progression of the success we have achieved with this resource to-date. I really hope the grounds community feels that the Toolkit supports and compliments their hard work."

The 'Grounds Management Toolkit' that has been developed by Other Media and funded by Sport England, can be accessed for free via https://resources.thegma.org.uk/

To upskill your knowledge through the GMA's training courses, or for more information on bespoke training sessions, visit www.thegma.org.uk/learning or email learning@thegma.org.uk

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