Welcome to the Groundsweek 2023 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.
Here you'll find answers to the most commonly asked questions about Groundsweek, the annual awareness campaign that celebrates the vital role of grounds staff in making sport possible.
Whether you're interested in participating in the campaign, becoming a sponsor, or just want to learn more about the industry, we've got you covered.
From the goals and objectives of Groundsweek to the various ways you can get involved, you'll find all the information you need to make the most of this year's campaign below.
The provision of good quality pitches is crucial for all sports played on natural or artificial turf surfaces. The pitch needs to be enjoyable and safe to play on and be available for play except in the most extreme weather conditions. To make this happen, the pitch needs to be effectively maintained throughout the year.
This work is carried out by grounds staff and volunteers who have the skills, in-depth knowledge, and experience, to assess what is required to produce quality surfaces for sports and recreational spaces all year round. This is grounds management. You can find out more about grounds management on the Grounds Management Association website.
Grounds management is sport’s hidden profession - and we want to change that.
With a booming sports sector in the UK and growing demand in the turf care sector for skilled talent, there has never been a better time to get into grounds management.
The role of grounds staff is varied and rewarding, and is critical at all clubs. It gives people who love sport and outdoor activities the opportunity to work in a variety of settings like iconic sports venues, schools and university grounds, parks, and estates, as well as across local community sports facilities.
The role can be extremely fulfilling and rewarding, providing great variety every day, as well as the opportunity to work outdoors as part of a dedicated expert team. With a GMA survey of over three hundred grounds staff and volunteers showing high levels of job satisfaction and fulfilment, with 63% saying they “love” their job, and 90% report being passionate about the sector, anyone looking to work in sport, stay active and feel challenged should get involved grounds management.
The Grounds Management Association is a not-for-profit that invests all profits into the improvement of grounds care sector. Without the support of sponsors, initiatives that look to promote the sector would not be possible which is why sponsorships are so important.
Whatever your relationship is to the grounds care industry, #GroundsWeek is the perfect opportunity to showcase your support for the sector and invest in its future.
If you’re interested in sponsoring #GroundsWeek, or other GMA activity, please email GMA Sales Manager, Jill Rodham at: email@example.com, or visit the sponsorship opportunites page.
#GroundsWeek is an annual awareness campaign that celebrates the work of grounds staff and raises awareness of the importance of grounds management in sports and leisure.
Anyone can participate in #GroundsWeek! Whether you are a professional in the grounds management industry, a volunteer, a student, or simply someone who cares about the environment and the role of sports in society, there are many ways to get involved.
There are many ways to get involved in #GroundsWeek, such as participating in events and activities, sharing content on social media, writing blog posts or articles, and promoting the campaign in your local community. Check out the "How to get involved" page on the #GroundsWeek section for more information.
The #GroundsWeek toolkit is available for free download on the website. It includes essential resources for grounds maintenance, such as logos, social media graphics, and promotional materials. Check out the "Toolkit links" page on the #GroundsWeek section to access the toolkit.