Together with the Office of the Victorian Skills Commissioner (OVSC), the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association has been working to highlight the critical work that Sports Turf Managers undertake and the value they contribute to the entire Sports & Recreation industry.
The below video highlights Michael Smith, Grounds Manager at Scotch College.
Michael began his career in 1989 as a sportsturf apprentice at Victoria Park, then home of the Collingwood Football Club. He joined the Groundstaff at Scotch College, a prestigious private school situated in the inner eastern Melbourne suburb of Hawthorn in 1993, rising to become Grounds Manager in 2004. As Grounds Manager Michael is responsible for managing and master planning all aspects of the Grounds and Horticulture operations including the environmental and sustainability challenges that confront the school. Over his career Michael has presented at numerous industry events and returned to study completing both a Cert 4 in Business Management and the Diploma of Sports Turf Management.
As an integral part of the Sports Turf Management industry, Grounds Managers are responsible for operational property and maintenance, including preparation of sportsfields for a variety of sport & recreation activities, care of all grounds and facilities and the day to day property and equipment maintenance.
These advocacy videos highlight the benefits of choosing Sports Turf Management as a Trade career, the great work opportunities available, and illustrates the similarities in skills, commitment and passion shared across the industry and by all professional Sports Turf Managers.
CLICK HERE to view the first video in the industry advocacy initiatives and learn more information about the work being done by the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association to promote the people and careers in this important and rewarding trade.