BIGGA Young Greenkeeper Conference

BIGGA’s Young Greenkeepers Committee introduce their first national conference, specifially designed for young greenskeepers providing the opportunity to meet other greenskeepers and to attend education that will benefit you in your career to move up the greenkeeping ladder. Attendees will also get the chance to discuss opportunities for scholarships, funding, internships, what is available through BIGGA and more. Senior colleagues are welcome to attend with their young greenskeeper.


Getting from A to B

This session will help young aspiring greenskeepers identify their career goals and help them to produce a plan/journey on how to get there. It will also provide techniques that can be used along the way to assist in getting to where you want to be.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Self appraisal
  • Self promotion/reputation · Interaction techniques
  • BIGGA and the benefits
  • Qualifications vs Learning
  • Career goals (Short&Longterm)

Presented by Sam Evans, Head Greenkeeper, Fulwell Golf Club


Social Media (Do's and Don't's 

This session will look at the power of social media and how it can be used to enhance your career prospects, or not!


Learning Outcomes:

  • What’s appropriate and what’s not
  • Personal vs professional profile
  • How posts can get you into hot water
  • Impact on your future career opportunities
  • Using security settings for your protection

Presented by David Standing, Accordant Partners


Future Proofing Greens Management
This session will help young greenskeepers to understand the steps that can be taken now, to work towards a future with less fungicides and more aggressive disease outbreaks.


Learning Outcomes:

  • How environmental monitoring can aid in disease prediction and management in the future…

Presented by Mark Hunt, Technical Director, Headland Amenity


Greenkeeping is a Great Career

In this session, James Bledge will explain how he has achieved some of his career goals. The highs, the lows, the challenges, the sacrifices and the successes!


Learning Outcomes:

  • Why be a Greenkeeper?
  • The things that drove me
  • Ups and Downs of the journey
  • Networking and Opportunities
  • The step up from DCM to CM
  • The future for a Course Manager

Presented by James Bledge, Course Manager, Royal Cinque Ports Golf Club

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