Press release: International Quality Standard Re-accredited to the Grounds Management Association

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The Grounds Management Association (GMA) has been accredited to the matrix Standard once again.

The matrix Standard is the international quality standard for organisations that deliver independent information, advice and/or guidance (IAG), and is supported by The Department for Education.

The re-accreditation confirms formal recognition of the outcomes achieved by the GMA in delivering industry-wide information, advice, and guidance, and further enhances the reputation of the GMA as an authoritative organisation within the grounds care industry.

This year-round continual process involves maintaining good relationships with stakeholders, engaging and developing learners, creating new supporting material and technical content for learners, providing regular feedback to stakeholders, routinely communicating to the industry the benefits of services provided by the GMA, and developing staff through training courses.

The independent assessment commented that the GMA has ‘demonstrated an ongoing focus on strategic development, which has continued as a theme since their previous assessment up until the present,’ and that it is an organisation that ‘clearly demonstrates its desire and passion to support the improvement of sports venues, public areas, and the personnel (volunteers and professionals) involved with maintaining them.’

Dan Prest, Head of Technical and Learning at the GMA said:

“I am delighted that the GMA has been re-accredited to the matrix Standard. A lot of work has gone into achieving this accreditation. I must say a special thank you to the Technical and Learning team who have spent countless hours working on this project.

The accreditation is extremely important to the GMA, as it allows us to benchmark ourselves against best practice, plus it provides confidence, especially for new and potential learners, that high-quality, impartial information, advice, and guidance is provided when dealing with the GMA.”


For further information, please contact: 

Nathan Woodford-Rott - Senior Communications, Marketing and PR Executive | 07754 554 097 


About the matrix Standard:

  • The matrix Standard is the international quality standard for organisations that deliver information, advice and/or guidance (IAG). Either as their sole purpose or as part of their service offering.
  • Any organisation which manages, administers and delivers an information, advice and/or guidance service to support individuals in their choice of career, learning, work or life goals can become accredited to the matrix Standard. It does not matter whether the service or services are delivered face-to-face, through training, learning, remotely, or through a website.
  • Organisations that have benefited from working with the Standard include Training Providers, Universities, Further/Higher Education Colleges, Schools and Academies, Sole Traders, Next Step Providers, Voluntary and Community Organisations and Private Businesses.
  • The matrix Standard is owned by the Department for Education and is managed by The Growth Company on their behalf.
  • For more information about the matrix Standard please visit


About the Grounds Management Association:

  • Established in 1934, the Grounds Management Association (GMA) is the UK’s leading industry body for the sports turf and grounds care sector.
  • A not-for-profit membership organisation, the GMA promotes and protects the interests of professional and volunteer grounds people who make sport possible by keeping green spaces and playing surfaces safe, accessible, and sustainable across educational establishments, community facilities, and sports clubs at grassroot, amateur, and professional levels.
  • Together with members, we work with organisations, industry bodies, public sector authorities and technical specialists to develop and promote industry standards and best practice, provide education opportunities and career pathways, publish industry news and insight, and promote the profession to help attract and build a sustainable skilled talent pipeline for the future.
  • The GMA is a government accredited organisation meeting the Matrix Standard for the provision of high-quality technical information, advice, and guidance, and further supports the wider industry by providing a series of industry-leading knowledge building and networking events, including Europe’s largest sports amenities and landscaping trade exhibition, SALTEX.
  • For more information about the GMA, please visit