International quality standard

The Grounds Management Association (GMA) has announced they have been accredited to the matrix Standard once again.

The matrix Standard is the international quality standard for organisations that deliver independent information, advice and/or guidance (IAG), and is supported by The Department for Education.

The GMA say the re-accreditation confirms formal recognition of the outcomes achieved by them in delivering industry-wide information, advice, and guidance, and further enhances their reputation as an authoritative organisation within the grounds care industry.

This year-round continual process involves maintaining good relationships with stakeholders, engaging and developing learners, creating new supporting material and technical content for learners, providing regular feedback to stakeholders, routinely communicating to the industry the benefits of services provided by the GMA, and developing staff through training courses.

The independent assessment commented that the GMA has ‘demonstrated an ongoing focus on strategic development, which has continued as a theme since their previous assessment up until the present,’ and that it is an organisation that ‘clearly demonstrates its desire and passion to support the improvement of sports venues, public areas, and the personnel (volunteers and professionals) involved with maintaining them.’

Dan Prest, head of technical and learning at the GMA said, “I am delighted that the GMA has been re-accredited to the matrix Standard. A lot of work has gone into achieving this accreditation. I must say a special thank you to the Technical and Learning team who have spent countless hours working on this project.

"The accreditation is extremely important to the GMA, as it allows us to benchmark ourselves against best practice, plus it provides confidence, especially for new and potential learners, that high-quality, impartial information, advice, and guidance is provided when dealing with the GMA.”

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