The GMA announced the latest inductee into its Hall of Fame during the annual GMA Industry Awards.
On an evening that celebrated excellence in grounds care across the professional, amateur, and voluntary sectors, industry legend, Rod Heyhoe became the latest GMA Hall of Fame inductee.
The GMA Hall of Fame honours those who have given significant contribution, exceptional service or had a major impact on the grounds management industry.
Having taken early retirement from senior management in the commercial world, Rod injected his skill, energy, and persistence into a passion for grounds management gained from many years dedication to his beloved Lightcliffe Cricket Club. Abetted by a small group of like-minded individuals, Rod became a focal point for the GMA in Yorkshire to promote knowledge and instil confidence in grounds practitioners of all ages. Rod Heyhoe’s positive impact on the industry over the last forty years is undeniable.
Geoff Webb, CEO of the Grounds Management Association, spoke about Rod’s role in the industry following his induction:
“This year's inductee is a true stalwart of the industry. When mankind was endowed with the gift of enthusiasm, Rod Heyhoe was given a double dose. Rod’s contribution to the industry over a lifetime spent volunteering in sports turf management, with particular focus on cricket, can’t be understated – the passion and enthusiasm he brings to his role has buoyed on those around him, both in the Yorkshire grounds community and beyond.
"It’s a delight to have Rod join a growing list of Hall of Fame inductees who have dedicated their lives to raising the profile of our industry and improving the nation’s enjoyment of sport. We left Rod speechless following his induction , definitely an industry first! We thank Rod for all he’s done and hope his induction honours his time spent volunteering in grounds management.”
Rod becomes the latest inductee into the Hall of Fame, joining industry legends like the late Eddie Seaward and Steve Braddock, ‘Mr SALTEX, Derek Walder, legendary cricket groundsman, Keith Boyce and last year’s inductee, Roy Rigby.
You can find out more about the GMA’s Hall of Fame at: https://gmaindustryawards.uk/hall-of-fame/