These are unprecedented times. It is presenting significant challenges to our members. The GMA is a not-for-profit organisation. We are grateful to the support of our paying members that means we can produce and make available these Covid-19 pages to help the whole industry through this challenging time. 

Our membership is hugely diverse and operates across multiple sports and sectors – and we’re listening to concerns from professionals and volunteers working in multiple environments, and across sectors. We strongly advise that all those working in the grounds industry monitor the government’s latest guidance, and frequently check the website for your relevant body. Ultimately, our primary concern is protecting the safety and wellbeing of anyone and everyone across the turf care sector.

These pages share information to help you make informed decisions for your own personal working and volunteering situation. The situation and government guidance is changing daily so we will continuely update this information. 

Heeding government advice is paramount and adhering to the clear message of ‘Stay home, Protect the NHS, Save lives’ places our sector with severe restrictions as we transition from winter to summer sport. This is an unprecedented situation and we must protect each other by ensuring we play our part in slowing down the spread of Covid-19.

Geoff Webb, CEO Grounds Management Association

Government Guidelines Covid-19

This section gives direct access to the guidelines and advice issued by HM Government and the NHS. This information will help you make informed decisions about what to do. 

Guidance on GMA Products and Services

This section includes information about the GMA for members. We are having to change some of our ways of working and adjust some of the services we provide to you to accomodate some of the restrictions imposed by Government guidelines in response to Covid-19.

It also displays the latest communications update we have posted. 

Guidance for Professional Grounds Staff

Professional managers and staff are advised to continue to actively consult and discuss working practices with their employers, who should ensure all employees are informed of and are following Government guidelines. Subject to Government policy, your employer should determine with you whether your continued work is necessary, essential and/or safe.

Guidance for Volunteer Grounds Staff

We know that volunteers take great pride in their work. Volunteers should follow latest Government guidelines and not put themselves or others at risk. We advise that the volunteer network monitors the timings of any announcements of the various sports re opening for play. However, realistically this will be dependent on how we are able to slow the virus down and return to normality.

Guidance for Self Employed Grounds Staff

Self-employed grounds staff or contractors are advised to follow the latest Government guidelines, formulate an agreed plan that includes your safe working procedure, and clearly communicate with clients in advance and agree safe working procedures. We advise regular review as Government guidelines develop. Ultimately it is your decision to suspend operations or, to continue to work. The emphasis though is to ensure...

Guidance for your Health and Wellbeing

Coronavirus is an unprecedented event. The GMA is acutely aware that our members' resolve is again being severely tested (following weeks of awful weather). As the Government implements procedures to slow down the spread of Covid-19, the repercussions will not only affect your normal working lives but they will also test your patience and mental strength.

This page offers helpful information, support and advice for good mental and physical health. If you need help there are organisations like Perennial you can approach for help.

Guidance for Employers and Employees

Human Resource procedures and employment law are very specialist areas, as is managing your organisation through periods of change and uncertainty. To help our members we have referenced experts advisors and provided links to relevant information. Our goal is to give you access to quality and reliable information so that you can make informed decisions and take appropriate actions to guide your organisation and colleagues through this challenging time.   

 

Guidance for Business and Personal Finance

Finance is a wide ranging subject and specific to each person, business and individual circimstances. This section display links to organisations and websites who may be able to help you with advice and also provide more specific information in relation to Covid-19.  

GMA - Messages we are communicating

The GMA is constantly working on behalf of its members. Click to this page to see key updates and messages we have communicated relating to the Covid-19 situation

National Governing Bodies of sport

If you want more information here is a list of National Governing Bodies of sport with easily accessible links to their website, 

Guidance - 'Fit for Play', maintaining sports turf

The ‘interim works’ documents are free to access for GMA members, as well as and non-members. Updated and issued on 14 May 2020, the guides cover football, cricket, rugby union, rugby league, horse racing, croquet and bowls.

The GMA recognises that each sport, facility, and grounds staff/ volunteer will working in very difference conditions and circumstances. Whilst these documents are comprehensive, they should be used as a guide to support local, and on-the-ground expertise in order to determine the tasks required to get your surface ‘fit’ before sport resumes.