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ASTMA signs affiliation agreement with US Sports Turf Managers Association

Wednesday 13, May 2020

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association is thrilled to announce the signing of affiliation agreement with US based Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA).  The collaboration will include the open sharing of information and resources between members and an approach to developing best-practice education and elevate the profession of sports turf management.

As the peak industry body for turf management in Australia, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association is a not-for-profit industry association supporting members through education and advocacy, facilitating Industry Awards, and research & development into professional and environmentally sustainable Turf Management.  Through working to improve the knowledge, welfare and professional standards of its members and other industry professionals, the ASTMA is committed to the production of quality of facilities for Sport & Recreation in Australia.

Based in Kansas, USA, the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) is a non-profit, professional association for men and women who manage sports fields.  Since 1981, it has provided education, information and practical knowledge in the art and science of sports field management.  More than 2,700 members across 32 local chapters oversee facilities at schools, colleges and universities, parks and recreational facilities, and professional sports stadiums.  Sports include football, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, softball, rugby and horse racing.

“The affiliation between the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association and Sports Turf Managers Association is a powerful combination.  The STMA’s understanding of the complex environment of professional sportsfield management, its broad knowledge and turf management expertise, and collaborative approach is uniquely complimentary to how the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association works” said Australian Sports Turf Managers Association CEO Mark Unwin.

“We believe this affiliation will assist greatly in the sharing of industry leading knowledge and research, and creates a strong platform for furthering industry best-practice as we continue our efforts to promote the professionalism of our industry, and develop the next generation of sports turf managers”

The collaboration between the two parties will include the open sharing of information and resources between members and an approach to developing best-practice education and elevate the profession of sports turf management.  The affiliation will also see the ability for local turf managers to attend and present at the US educational conference and exposition dedicated to sports field management, and prominent US turf managers from leading professional stadiums and sporting fields present in Australia at the Asia-Pacific Turf Management Conference, managed by the ASTMA.

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association and Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) have also commenced discussions on developing an international working experience program for Australian turf managers to spend time working and learning at stadiums in the United States, and American turf managers spending time working with and learning from sports turf managers at a variety of Australian venues.

Further information on the international working experience program will be provided to members as the details are worked through in coming weeks.