Council’s commitment to excellence recognised in prestigious GMA Industry Awards

Eden District Council has been highly commended in the Community Sports Grounds Team / Individual of the Year category of the Grounds Management Association (GMA) Industry Awards 2022.

The GMA is the grounds management section of the Football Association (FA). The FA encouraged the Council to submit an application after visiting some of Eden’s grounds earlier in the year. The organisation was impressed by the quality and standard of the Council’s grass pitches and the inclusive opportunities they presented.

With support and encouragement from Portfolio Holder Cllr Lissie Sharp, the Council went through a rigorous application process, where our sites were visited and the grounds conditions tested. The process lasted several months, during which the FA examined EDC’s grounds maintenance regime, equipment and the team who deliver the Eden’s grounds maintenance.

The GMA were particularly impressed with Frenchfield: expressing that Eden had built a fantastic facility for grass sports, activities and events. Its ability to adapt made it truly a truly accessible facility.

Geoff Webb, Chief Executive of the GMA, said, “After a two-year pandemic-enforced hiatus, the overall standard of applications continued to be exceptional. The fact [Eden District Council] took time out to complete your entry demonstrates your pride, passion and professionalism for your work.”

The Council was also thanked for its contribution and “commitment to excellence in grounds care”.