3G pitches course

The Grounds Management Association has launched its Level 2 ‘Effective Maintenance of 3G Pitches’ training course.

The association says the online course is designed to help participants understand how to effectively maintain a 3G pitch to provide a safe surface, whilst meeting performance criteria and optimising its longevity. They also say that ‘Effective Maintenance of 3G Surfaces’ helps participants understand the signs when a surface is coming to the end of its life.
In a statement the GMA said, "With the role of grounds staff and volunteers diversifying, it is increasingly important for more individuals to understand how to maintain and extend the life of different types of playing surfaces. The course is suitable for both professionals and volunteers with basic experience, as well as others involved in sports facility management who wish to gain a better understanding of the maintenance and upkeep of these surfaces on varying budgets."
The association now holds seven online courses and says they aim to relaunch its Continuing Personal Development programme next year alongside its new website.
With restrictions now easing, the GMA hopes to reopen its face-to-face practical sessions that complement its online resources, such as its online courses and the Grounds Management Toolkit, later this year.
Jason Booth, COO at the GMA commented, “We have seen increasing pressures on grounds staff and volunteers like never before. Facilities are often understaffed, so groundspeople are expected to understand more about a range of surfaces and offer a helping hand across local networks. Contrary to belief, 3G surfaces are not low maintenance and they require a high level of knowledge to fulfil their lifespan.
“This course compliments our wider learning programme that focusses on grass pitches, helping grounds people gain relevant skills and best practices when dealing with 3G surfaces.”

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