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THE CUT - 11 OCTOBER 2019

Welcome to this edition of The Cut, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association enewsletter. This week we check out the upcoming series of professional development seminars to be held in November. Enjoy the read…

ASTMA PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SEMINARS

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association is excited to launch an industry-leading series of education seminars focusing on professional development for sports turf managers, with the first session in November 2019.

Over the next six months, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association will be introducing a pilot programme of training seminars, covering topics including project management, presentation skills, time management and Excel training, which are designed to develop the professional skills of turf managers.

Recent feedback from members and attendees at the 2019 Asia Pacific Turfgrass Conference in Brisbane, found that nearly 75 per cent of leaders in the turf industry indicated that their role is rapidly changing, and the development of ‘professional skills’ are more important than ever before in carrying out their role. Professional skills refer to the range of management and administration skills critical to the role of a leader. These include areas such as the ability to work effectively, create and deliver presentations through to computer literacy and collaborations skills.

These initial pilot seminars will be conducted in various states and will allow the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association to determine the areas of interest and required skills development that will form the basis for an expanded Turf Management Skills Development Programme in 2020.

The first seminar in the series will focus on Microsoft Excel development. Forming an important part of every turf manager’s role, this session will develop the skills and knowledge to utilise Excel effectively for budgeting, reporting and data analysis.

 
This session is FREE for Australian Sports Turf Managers Association members and members of the affiliated state association where each session is held.

Dates and venues are:
  • Sydney: Wednesday 6 November, Carnarvon Golf Club
  • Melbourne: Thursday, 7 November, Medway Golf Club
  • Perth: Tuesday 12 November, The West Australian Golf Club
  • Adelaide: Wednesday 13 November, Mount Osmond Golf Club
  • Brisbane: Thursday 14 November 2019, Ashgrove Golf Club
Registrations and further information for each of these sessions will commence Monday 14 October and due to the intensive content and personalised training approach, numbers are strictly limited. Registration will be through the www.agcsa.com.au with future seminar topics, dates and locations to be announced later in the year.

APPLICATIONS FOR 2020 FTMI NOW BEING TAKEN

As announced in recent editions of The Cut, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2020 Future Turf Managers’ Initiative (FTMI), presented in conjunction with Gold Partner Jacobsen. This will be the fifth year the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association and Jacobsen have partnered to provide this hugely beneficial programme, one which provides up and coming sports turf managers from across the industry a fantastic opportunity to further their skills and advance their careers.
 
Click here for more information about the FTMI and here to download a copy of the mandatory questions that all FTMI applicants are required to answer. Successful candidates will be announced later in 2019.

WARM WELCOMES TO PAM AND KEALLY!

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association has welcomed two new members of staff in recent weeks. Pam Irvine (pictured right) and Keally Nankervis (pictured below) have joined the crew in part-time roles. Pam fills the role of exhibition and event coordinator, initially assisting Simone Staples with the upcoming 2020 Melbourne conference, while Keally is our new social media and communications coordinator.
Keally is American and hails from the state of Georgia, home to the famed Augusta National Golf Club. She has a professional background within recruitment, customer service, office management, marketing and design, which she has gained from her roles both in Melbourne and overseas. She relocated to Melbourne in 2013 and lives with her husband and three-year-old daughter. Keally will be working two days a week and can be contacted through the office on (03) 9548 8600 or email keally@agcsa.com.au.
Pam, who has just recently returned from a safari trip to South Africa, is originally from Canada. She is very organised, values the customer experience and is looking forward to getting to know as many members and trade partners as possible in her new role. Pam will be in the office on Wednesdays and Thursdays and can be contacted on (03) 9548 8600 or pam@agcsa.com.au On behalf of all members, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association extends a very warm welcome to both Pam and Keally.
Head Greenkeeper – Bowling Club: Green Options, NSW view details
Qualified Turf Tradesperson: The National Golf Club, Vic view details
Qualified Greenkeeper: GHG (Green Horticultural Group), NSW view details

 
UPCOMING INDUSTRY EVENTS...

Australian Sports Turf Managers Association Environmental and Vegetation Management Workshops (October) - see below for further information
NSW Golf Industry Awards

21 October: Curzon Hall
NSWGCSA AGM and Rube Walkerden Golf Day
18 November: Concord Golf Club view details
VGCSA Open Golf Day
19 November: The Dunes Golf Links
Future Turf Managers Initiative register here
15-17 March 2020: Melbourne

 

GLENELG TO HOST SA ENVIRONMENT SEMINAR 

The Australian Sports Turf Managers Association is conducting a series of environmental and vegetation management education seminars throughout Australia this month, covering environmental stewardship at turf facilities. The first was held at Eastern Golf Club on Tuesday and Royal Hobart on Thursday.

With an increase in the awareness and focus on environmental management throughout the community, turf managers are closely looking at opportunities for improving their environmental, water and ecosystem management and also fauna habitat management and restoration.

In this series of seminars, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association, in conjunction with Gold Partner Syngenta, will explore the approach and benefits of developing and implementing environmental management plans in greenspace areas including council reserves, golf courses and sports turf facilities.

 
The seminars are FREE for all Australian Sports Turf Managers Association members, state golf course superintendent association members and Sports Environment Alliance (SEA) members. Cost for non-members is $40.

Venues and dates are:
  • South Australia: Glenelg Golf Club (Tues 22 October) register here
  • Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia seminar details to be confirmed shortly.
Photo: Gary Lisbon/Eastern Golf Club
THE AUSTRALIAN SPORTS TURF MANAGERS ASSOCIATION SINCERELY THANKS ITS PREMIUM PARTNERS FOR THEIR ONGOING SUPPORT
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