THE Grounds Management Association (GMA) have launched their online ‘Grounds Management Toolkit’, a training resource aimed at supporting volunteers maintaining football, cricket, rugby league and rugby union pitches.
The new website consolidates information from the Sport England ‘Groundsmanship’ website and has re-shaped some of its written content into short videos and easy-to-digest seasonal maintenance guides. By relaunching the website, the GMA aim to continue increasing the skills and capabilities of practicing, and future, grounds volunteers.
The resources also help the general public to engage further with common practices involved in grounds maintenance and to understand how to help get pitches ready for players across their community. The toolkit follows the launch of GMA Level 1 and Level 2 online courses, with modules covering the basic grounds maintenance tasks required at grassroots level.
Jason Booth, Chief Operating Officer of the GMA, said: “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.”