The GMA has trialled the new one-day introductory course on warm-season grasses at Edgbaston with attendees from Liverpool, Leicester City and Manchester City football clubs, in response to the increasing demands being placed on UK grounds staff at elite-level facilities to make recommendations on playing facilities across the globe.
Written by Steve Prinn MSc, respected UK turf grass lecturer, and ‘checked over’ by Pam Sherratt of Ohio State University, the course content covers the differences between C3 and C4, establishment methods, common C4 grasses, threats to health and typical maintenance regimes. The course is not sport-specific and is highly informative.
Feedback included comments such as “A good four hours spent”, “I really enjoyed learning about the science behind C3 and C4 grasses”, and “A good, well-delivered course containing great knowledge that was clearly presented”.
The new course also links perfectly to the GMA’s Pitch Grading Framework strategy, which serves to educate all levels of grounds teams, both volunteer and professional.