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We take a look back at previous GMA Award winners, including volunteer and professional individuals, grounds teams and sites.

With 22 categories of entry including new and ‘refreshed’ categories, this year’s GMA Industry Awards continue to expand and, importantly, take on board industry feedback that, says GMA chief executive Geoff Webb, “will help to improve the awards year on year”. This year, for example, the awards have created more opportunity for greater recognition of those working in the lower divisions of professional football and, says Geoff, “by redefining the unsung hero and lifetime achievement awards, we are recognising the work of those who sometimes operate under the radar”. 

Nominations for every category are encouraged from Scotland, Ireland and Wales, as well as England, and the awards are not confined to GMA members. 

As always, a very robust judging process will be in place for the awards that are judged by a panel of groundsmen who have a range of backgrounds encompassing the diversity of the industry and profession:

Stage one is judged by the panel on the information supplied by the applicant. This desk-based process is carried out entirely on the basis of the completed application form, so it is important to ensure that the application is complete and that images and documents are included to support the entry. The more information provided then the more robust the entry and the more information the judges will have to help them arrive at a shortlist. This first stage of judging will be carried out during August. 

Stage two will involve site visits to those shortlisted. These visits – which will enable a more in-depth analysis of the site – will be conducted by an independent person who does not sit on the judging panel. This is to ensure/verify the recommendation and to ensure transparency.

“We’re not Manchester City. We’re not Everton. We’re a grassroots football club. It’s amazing”
Loucas Xenophontos, Hertford Town FC

“Trust and believe in yourself, and never give up”
Graham Kimpton, grounds manager, The Queen’s Club

“The GMA Awards are our industry Oscars”
Alan Ferguson, FA’s group head of grounds and estates


•    Darren Baldwin, Tottenham Hotspur FC
•    Gary Barwell, Warwickshire CC
•    Jason Booth, Leeds Rugby
•    Keith Boyce, Yorkshire CCC
•    Steve Braddock, Arsenal FC
•    Dean Bryce, Campbell Park, Milton Keynes
•    Jonathan Calderwood, Aston Villa FC
•    Richard Campey, Campey Turf Care
•    Systems
•    Michael Crew, The Hurlingham Club
•    Katie Croft, Manchester City FC
•    Ian Darler, Cambridge United FC
•    Jim Dawson, BT Murrayfield Stadium
•    Luke Dodge, Manchester City FC
•    Stephen Fidler, St James Independent
•    Boys’ School, Middlesex
•    Les Gibbs, Glamorgan University
•    Ryan Golding, Leeds Rugby
•    Neil Harvey, The Hurlingham Club
•    Antony Haywood, Chesterfield FC
•    Niall Hazelhurst, Bolton Wanderers FC
•    Rod Heyhoe, Lightcliffe Cricket Club,
•    Halifax
•    John Heyworth, Aspatria RUFC, Cumbria
•    Michael Hitt, Kingston University
•    Keith Hughes, Menai Bridge Cricket Club,
•    Anglesey, Wales
•    Mick Hunt, Lord's
•    Iestyn John, Reaseheath College
•    Adrian Kay, York Racecourse
•    Keith Kent, Twickenham Stadium
•    Myles Landick, Jersey RFC
•    Susan Lawrence, University of
•    Nottingham
•    Iain Main, Surrey Sports Park
•    Lewis Pattinson, Leeds Rugby
•    Nick Phillips, Tottenham Hotspur FC
•    Keith Porter, Leigh Sports Village, Wigan
•    Ryan Powell, Everton FC
•    Ian Reid, Vipers RFC
•    Shaun Reilly, Huntingdon Racecourse
•    Paul Roberts, Grayshott Cricket Club,
•    Hampshire
•    Eddie Seaward, formerly All England Lawn
•    Tennis & Croquet Club
•    Philip Sharples, Azerbaijan
•    Adam Shoesmith, Myerscough College
•    Tony Sinclair, Manchester United FC
•    Bob Smith, formerly head groundsman,
•    Derby County FC
•    Len Smith, regional pitch advisor
•    Andy Spetch, Bury St Edmunds RFC
•    Nicholas Staff, Otley College
•    Martin Stephenson, Ashbrooke Sports
•    Club, Sunderland
•    Robert Stretton, Aylestone Park FC,
•    Leicester
•    Neil Stubley, All England Lawn Tennis &
•    Croquet Club
•    Nico van Vuuren, Stadium Grow Lighting
•    Derek Walder, ‘Mr SALTEX’
•    Lee Watson, Clay Cross Town FC
•    Reece Watson, Arsenal FC
•    Stuart Wilson, Croke Park
•    Loucas Xenophontos, Hertford Town FC.

Club, site or organisation:
•    All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club
•    Ashton on Mersey Cricket Club
•    Barnoldswick Town FC
•    Bath Rugby Club
•    Beversbrook Sports Facility, Wiltshire
•    Bletchley Town Cricket Club
•    BT Murrayfield Stadium
•    Burnham Hillside Bowls Club
•    Charterhouse School
•    Cleckheaton Sports Club, West Yorkshire
•    Cramlington Learning Village and
•    Sporting Club
•    Cranfield University
•    Edgbaston Priory Club, Birmingham
•    Essex County CC
•    Etihad Stadium, Manchester
•    Fair Oak & Horton Heath Parish Council
•    Forest Green Rovers FC, Nailsworth, Glos
•    Flow Control (GB)
•    Goodison Park (Everton FC)
•    GreenMech
•    Hampton School, Middlesex
•    Harrow School, Middlesex
•    Headingley Carnegie Stadium
•    Heaton Sports Club
•    Huntingdon Racecourse
•    King William’s College, Isle of Man
•    Leamington FC
•    Leicester City FC
•    Leeds Rhinos (Leeds Rugby)
•    Liberty Stadium, Swansea
•    Lisvane Cricket Club, Cardiff,
•    Manchester City FC
•    Manchester United FC
•    Nottingham Racecourse
•    One Leisure, St Ives, Cambridgeshire
•    Premier Pitches, Sheffield
•    Radley College, Oxfordshire
•    The (née) Reebok Stadium, Lancashire
•    Ricoh Arena (Wasps)
•    Rugby Town Junior FC
•    Shiplake College, Henley-on-Thames
•    St Albans School, Hertfordshire
•    St George’s Park
•    St Ives Bowls Club, Cambridge
•    Stanley Park Sports Ground, Chippenham
•    Sunderland City Council
•    Sussex CCC
•    Swansea University
•    Tameside Metropolitan Council,
•    Greater Manchester
•    The Harefield Academy, Middlesex
•    The Hurlingham Club, London
•    The Queen’s Club, London
•    Tottenham Hotspur FC
•    Twickenham Stadium
•    University of Nottingham
•    Wembley Stadium
•    Westminster City Council
•    Whitgift School, Croydon
•    Wigan Warriors
•    Worcestershire County CC
•    Worcester Warriors
•    York Racecourse.

Visit to view the full list of categories and to make your nomination/s online.