GMA commissions new research project into diversity in groundscare

IOG commissions new research project into diversity in groundscare

The GMA has commissioned Olympic hammer thrower hopeful Jess Mayho to undertake a research project into how the GMA can progress its engagement with women and extend diversity within the grounds management community.

Jess will illustrate how other organisations linked to women and diversity in sport are actively trying to make a change, and her findings, and subsequent plan of action, will be discussed at the second annual Women in Turf network get together, which will take place on the afternoon of 31 October at the NEC, Birmingham during this year’s SALTEX.

The findings will also shape a set of questions that will be incorporated into the GMA Industry Research Survey. This will be a wide-ranging survey that will be compared to the previous research conducted by the GMA in 2007 entitled ‘Groundsmanship the Hidden Profession’. The findings will be presented at SALTEX 2019.

Jess, a hammer thrower since 2009, balances her marketing and sports events role at the University of Leeds’ Sports Park Weetwood around training six days a week. She is currently ranked 3rd in the UK senior rankings, is hoping to gain a place in the GB squad selection for the European Winter Throws competition in March 2019 and is looking to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

If you would like to attend the Women in Turf networking meeting at SALTEX 2018, email