Some of the GMA's FAQs are listed here. If there is anything else we've not covered please do get in touch.
The GMA was founded in 1934 by W H Bowles BEM, head groundsman at Eton College. The first 11 founder members formed the National Association of Groundsmen which became the Grounds Management Association in 1969.
The GMA now has a history spoaning 80 years.
The original purpose was defined as being to improve:
- the status of groundsmen
- the standard of groundsmanship.
The founding members included:
ALBERT WILLIAM HURRELL - head groundsman (Manchester Grammar School)
DAVID ORMOND JENKINS - retired head groundsman
WILLIAM ROYLE - department manager
GERALD FIELD - head groundsman
ARTHUR GILLIGAN - retired groundsman
ARCHIBALD McTAGGART - head groundsman
LAURANCE WALTER WHITE - retired head groundsman
MICHAEL KINLOCK - head groundsman
LEONARD BADEN NASH - retired head groundsman
CYRIL CHARLES MOSLIN - head groundsman
WILLIAM HENRY GEORGE BOWLES - head groundsman (Eton College)
ROBERT JOHN CORBIN - horticultural parks officer
LESLIE CURTIS - retired head groundsman
CYRIL ARTHUR TURNER - head groundsman (Portsmouth Grammar School)
WILLIAM JOSEPH WELLS - retired head groundsman
ARTHUR IVOR HUGHES - retired head groundsman
PERCY MEREDITH PHILLIPS - head groundsman
HERBERT CHRISTMAS LOCK - retired head groundsman
LESLIE FRANCIS HANCORN - area uuperintendent
JOHN JONES - head groundsman
JOHN SMITH - head groundsman
RONALD ARTHUR BENTLEY - head groundsman
DAVID ALAN REES - head groundsman
LIONEL WILLIAM VICTOR ELDRIDGE - retired head groundsman
The GMA delivers its own qualifcations.
It is also an approved deliverer of qualifications for City & Guilds, the Scottish Qualifications Authority & Lantra
The GMA is not able to do this. Sports venues organise their own volunteers locally, this is necessary as they need to be responsible for their own health & safety issues and child protection. We may be able to put you in contact with someone who can help though.
You can join this website by clicking the 'Join Us' button on the top of each page. Check out each member category to find out which one best fits you. If you need further information or advice we'd be happy to talk you through. Telephone 01908 312511 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Yes we have a number of overseas members. Sign up now to start taking advantage of the GMA benefits available to you.
Renewing your yearly subscrption to GMA membership is a simple process.
You'll receive an automated reminder in the 11th month of your membership period to ensure that you retain access to your full complement of member benefits and extensive use of the GMA's comprehensive technical library. Alternatively telephone 01908 312 511.
Click on the membership section within this website to find out which category suits you best and view the membership fees related to that category.
You can pay by cheque, BACS or credit card.
If you choose to pay by direct debit you'll receive a 10 per cent discount on your annual membership fee.
You should expect to receive your membership pack within 10 - 14 days from the date your membership has been paid.
lf your membership has lapsed please contact us on 01908 312511 or email on email@example.com and we can easily get you back on the system.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org and someone will get back to you.