Grounds Training was established in 2006 in response to demand from the Turf Industry for coordinated, professional training. Since then we have gained recognition as the go-to provider of quality education, and we now deliver bespoke courses for groups onsite at clients’ premises. We particularly appreciate the excellent relationship we have built up with our regular clients and we are passionate about encouraging groundsman, greenkeepers and those employed in general ground care to work safely and efficiently.
We are a division of the Maxwell Amenity Group based at Telford, Shropshire, which also incorporates Pitchcare. Kerry Haywood and Carol Smith are responsible for all aspects of our Training function.
After completing a Design Apprenticeship straight out of school, her career has spanned over 20 years in various design agencies, publishing houses and running her own creative company. She first became involved in the sportsturf industry whilst working for Greenkeeping magazine during its formative years, subsequently becoming editor.
Her experience covers all aspects of graphic design and web development including magazine design, websites, newsletters, corporate literature and ‘everything in-between’.
Carol is responsible for training course co-ordination, providing quotes, booking instructors, processing orders, collating course materials, processing post-course paperwork, liaising with the Awarding Bodies, ensuring payments are received in time – oh, and being first port of call for the hundreds of enquiries we receive each month. With her RAF training, Carol sets herself high standards and is a stickler for detail. Her dry wit and capacity for sharp one liners ensure many a giggle in the office!
Carol enjoys jewellery making, horticulture, and gets inspiration from visiting gardens and National Trust sites.