Future Turf Managers' Initiative (FTMI)




Future Turf Managers' Initiative (FTMI) 


The ASTMA recognises the importance of preparing turf maintenance personnel to take on the role of superintendent, ground manager or team leader.  Jacobsen has successfully developed and runs the Future Turf Managers Initiative (FTMI) across many countries for just this purpose.  Together, the ASTMA and Jacobsen have been offering this highly successful training opportunity to Australian turf management staff for the past four years.

The FTMI has been designed to provide practical tools and guidance to help assist candidates with their career aspirations through this interactive, professional development programme.

Working with qualified trainers, mentors, ASTMA and Jacobsen staff, participants will leave FTMI with a clear understanding of what the future holds and a realistic overview of the expectations that come with their climb up the management ladder.

In 2017 the Australian and New Zealand FTMI programmes were merged with the successful candidates from both countries coming together at the Australian Turfgrass Conference for two full days of education.   As both the ASTMA and Jacobsen were keen for participants to get the most from the initiative the 2018 programme was changed to be a stand alone event.  The 2020 FTMI will again see candidates from Australia and New Zealand meet in Melbourne, with an agenda that will see participants and mentors focussing their time together on personal and professional development, to hone communication and management skills invaluable in progressing their career in Turf Management.

“I have personally gained valuable insight into my own leadership qualities that can now be utilised not only at work but in my everyday life. Since the completion of the program I see myself more confident and better prepared to take on the next step…… Without doubt the FTMI program has helped with my development.”

- Stuart Campbell, Maroochy River Golf Club, QLD (2016)


"What an awesome two and half days! The skills, knowledge and experience I have taken away from this program is second to none. It not only tries to better the individual but gives you techniques to build a better workplace. I couldn’t fault it and highly recommend it to anyone in the turf industry."

- Scott Mortimer, City of Kingston, VIC  (2018)


"The FTMI is a must for anyone in a leadership position who wants to understand how to take the next step, be a better leader and be given some tools to improve their performance."

- David Egan, Adelaide Oval, SA  (2018)



In 2020 the FTMI will take place in Melbourne from Sunday 15 – Tuesday 17 March 2020.

With an intensive 2.5 days of seminars, talks and workshops covering subjects such as;

  • Communications
  • Budgeting
  • Team management
  • CV writing and interview techniques
  • Networking
  • Career development

Sessions will be presented by keynote speakers, established and respected superintendents/course managers (mentors) and other industry professionals.  Content and the agenda will be determined by the ASTMA and Jacobsen and can alter from year to year to keep pace with industry expectations .

All travel, accommodation, meals and transfers will be organised for the successful applicants with meals and any extra travel also provided over the two days.


To participate please note the eligibility criteria as applicants need to:

  • Be a current ASTMA Member
  • Have at least 3 years’ experience working full-time in the Sports Turf Management industry
  • Currently employed in the Sport Turf Management industry


Examples of eligible positions: 

  • Grounds Manager, Curator or Superintendent with 2 or less paid staff members
  • Assistant Sports Turf Manager / Assistant Superintendent / Assistant Grounds Manager / Assistant Curator
  • Forman, 3IC, Senior Groundstaff or Greenkeeper 


Please note: 

  • Applications for the 2020 Future Turf Managers’ Initiative are now closed
  • Apprentices and trainees are not eligible to apply.  Applicants must be fully qualified.


Applications for the 2021 FTMI have been postponed due due to Covid-19.