Grounds Maintenance Courses 

The Grounds Management Association (GMA) have a range of training courses that are suitable for both the professional and grass roots volunteer. They run both online and in-person courses.

Online Level 1 Cricket Grounds Maintenance

The course takes around 4-5 hours to complete although you do have a window of 28 days to complete it. There are 3 modules to this training course. All are designed to either give you a new understanding or build on your experiences so far.

  • Cost = £42

Online Level 2 Cricket Grounds Maintenance - Applied Turf Culture

The online Level 2 modules for cricket surfaces will allow you to understand how technical aspects of turf maintenance can influence overall pitch quality, helping to create a suitable annual maintenance plan for your playing surface.

  • GMA Member = £84
  • Non-Member = £114 

Online Level 3 Cricket Grounds Maintenance - Advanced Turf Culture

The online Level 3 course for Cricket surfaces will allow you to understand about the advanced technical aspects of turf maintenance and management, and how they may form an integral part of a detailed work programme. This course will allow you to get the most from your surface in terms of quality standards and ultimately, playability.

  • GMA Member = £120
  • Non-Member = £162

Level 1 Cricket Pitches: In season

The key subjects – definition, assessment and preparation, to mowing, scarification and verticutting, plus more – are studied through a progressive one-day GMA Learning course. With delivery from an industry expert experience an educational hands-on training day featuring an informative presentation, plus turf care theory and practical working demonstrations. On completion of this opening step you will be aware of what is involved in preparing and maintaining a surface that allows maximum playability for the season. In addition you will also receive a Certificate of Attendance. (Food and drink are provided). 

  • GMA Member = £192
  • Non-Member = £360

Level 1 Cricket Pitches: Renovation

The key subjects – end of season work, assessment, mowing, scarification and brushing, plus more – are studied through a progressive one-day GMA Learning course. With delivery from an industry expert, experience an educational hands-on training day featuring an informative presentation, plus turf care theory and practical working demonstrations. On completion of this course you will possess the knowledge you need in order to renovate a cricket surface and therefore create a suitable foundation for the following spring’s preparation, and the winter’s maintenance work. You’ll also receive a Certificate of Attendance. (Food and drink are provided). 

  • GMA Member = £192
  • Non-Member = £360

Level 2 Cricket Pitches: Applied Turf Culture

The key subjects – maintenance practices, soils, fertilisers and nutrients, to plant growth, general controls and new developments, plus more – are studied through a progressive one-day GMA Learning course. With delivery from an industry expert, experience an educational training day featuring an informative presentation and explore some of the theory involved in maintaining a cricket surface. In addition, you will also receive a Certificate of Attendance. (Food and drink are provided). 

  • GMA Member = £210
  • Non-Member = £384

Level 3 Cricket Pitches: Advanced Turf Culture

The key management subjects – soils, drainage and irrigation, to grasses, nutrient levels and IPM, plus more – are studied through a progressive one-day GMA Learning course. With delivery from an industry expert experience an educational training day featuring an informative presentation and explore aspects of turf culture which are applied in managing cricket pitches. On completion of this final training step you will be able to successfully manage pitch playability. In addition, you will also receive a Certificate of Attendance. (Food and drink are provided). 

  • GMA Member = £210
  • Non-Member = £384

Hampshire Cricket Board strongly encourages groundstaff to join The Grounds Management Association (GMA) and the Hampshire Cricket Groundsmanship Association (#HantsCGA)

#HantsCGA Benefits

  • Refund of GMA joining fee for new members (Grassroots Sports Club)
  • 25% rebate on face to face course fees for GMA members

Send evidence of current year GMA membership and course payments to Cricket Development Manager Simon Jones (club/organisation must affiliate to Hampshire Cricket Board and individuals must maintain #HantsCGA (Hampshire Cricket Groundsmanship Association) membership.  Club or individuals joining the GMA qualify for member benefits straight away.

GMA Benefits

One monthly copy of The Groundsman Magazine - keep up to date with features and news

Save with discount on GMA Learning - up to 50% off, optimise playability with best practice

Discounted learning for colleagues - give your team the access to training (n/a to individual membership)

  • Grassroots Sports Club (for not for profit sports clubs - £75 per year)
  • Individual (for professional and volunteer groundstaff - £55 per year, £28 per year retired grounds keepers / students)
  • Organisation / Facility (for professional clubs, education & local authorities - £175 per year)
  • Independent School (for grounds teams at independent schools - £315 per year)

Other Grassroots member benefits include:

  • One-to-one online guidance with 'Ask the Expert'
  • Free annual copy of the GMA Handbook
  • The GMA Annual survey salary report
  • Discounted delegate place at GMA events
  • 15% off at Cotswold Outdoor and other brands
  • Access to the GMA's online technical library
  • Access to free legal advice, online and phone 
    Regular news updates by email

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