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ASTMA announces the launch of new National Awards for the Turf Industry

Tuesday 01, Sep 2020

 

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association is delighted to announce the addition of two new National Awards for the turf industry, acknowledging and recognising the contribution of sports turf management professionals.

For more than two decades, the National Turf Industry Awards have served as a means for Sports Turf Managers to gain local, national and international recognition for their achievements and contribution to the Turf and Sports & Recreation industries.

Each year the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association rewards outstanding performances and emerging talent in the turf industry at the National Sports Turf Management Awards ceremony held during the Asia Pacific Sports Turf Management Conference.

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association is thrilled to announce the addition of two new industry Awards:  

  • The Excellence in Sportsfields & Grounds Management Award          
  • Sports Turf Management Team of the Year Award

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association Awards represent the ultimate in recognition for the industry and the Association is delighted to announce the addition of these two new National Awards for the profession, joining existing awards for Excellence in Golf Course Management Award, the Environment & Sustainability Award, Graduate of the Year Awards and Australian Sports Turf Managers Association Distinguished Service Award 

With sports and recreation facilities facing a variety of increased challenges, these Awards are designed to acknowledge and reward Sports Turf Managers and teams that have excelled in the profession, gone over and above in the management and presentation of their facility, or contributed significant advancements in turf management practices. 

Details relating to the two new National Awards announced today, are: 

 

Excellence in Sportsfields & Grounds Management Award 

The Excellence in Sportsfields & Grounds Management Award enhances the long-standing and proud tradition of the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association recognising the leading Sports Turf Managers in Australia, and is proudly supported by Toro Australia. 

Open to grounds managers, turf curators, facility and stadium managers engaged in managing and/or maintaining natural turf sporting surfaces, the Excellence in Sportsfields & Grounds Management Award recognises a Sports Turf Manager for achieving excellence in the management, operations and presentation of turf management at a Sportsfields & Grounds facility. 

The winner of the Excellence in Sportsfields & Grounds Management Award will be announced at the National Sports Turf Management Awards, and the winner will be presented with a $5,000 prize to use toward further education, professional development or a study tour.

 

Sports Turf Management Team of the Year Award

The Sports Turf Management Team of the Year Award recognises teams who have delivered exceptional playing surfaces for sport and recreation events, and contributed outstanding management, operations and presentation at a Sportsfields & Grounds facility. 

The award recognises the importance of working as a team to manage facilities, advanced environmental and sustainable practices, deliver outstanding results and promote the profession of Sports Turf Management. 

Open to turf management teams at any natural turf sport and recreation facilities, the Award will acknowledge and recognise the outstanding achievements by teams in the management/maintenance of a natural turf sport and recreation facility, including (but not limited to) Stadiums, Golf Courses, Recreational Reserves, School Grounds/Education Sporting facilities, Council Sportsfields and Parks, Racetracks, Bowling Greens or Tennis Courts.

The winning team of the Sports Turf Management Team of the Year Award will be announced at the National Sports Turf Management Awards, and the team will be presented with a $5,000 prize that may be used by the team/facility toward further education, training, team educations event or function or other Australian Sports Turf Managers Association approved activities. 

“I am delighted to be launching the new industry Awards, which significantly increases the recognition for the achievements and contribution made by Sports Turf Managers” said Mark Unwin, Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association on the launch.  

“It has, and continues to be, an incredibly tough year for the industry but also a year where we have seen determination, courage, ingenuity, and resilience really stand out.  These Awards complement our existing national Awards, and expands the recognition program across the entire Sports Turf Management industry. The Excellence in Sportsfields & Grounds Management Award compliments the existing Excellence in Golf Course Management Award, and the Team of the Year Award is an exciting opportunity to recognise the value of the entire team that contribute to the improvements and presentation of a wide range of sporting facilities across the country."  

"The profession has so much to be proud of, and I am very much looking forward to seeing Sports Turf Managers and teams that succeed, through vision, innovation and a commitment to excellence gaining the recognition that a national Australian Sports Turf Managers Association Award brings.”

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association would like to acknowledge the great support of award sponsors Toro, Syngenta and Bayer for their ongoing involvement in helping the ASTMA recognise and honour the turf industry's outstanding achievers.   

 

Find out More information about the new National Turf Industry Awards all existing National Awards via the Association website here

 

For Trade Partners and industry organisations looking to support the Turf Industry, limited naming rights opportunities currently exist so please get in touch with the ASTMA on 03 9548 8600 to take advantage of this exclusive  and limited opportunity.