Grounds Training was established in 2006 as a division of Pitchcare.com (which was later incorporated into the Maxwell Amenity group) by Christine Johnson. Under her leadership the company gained recognition as the go-to provider of quality education within the sports turf and ground care sectors.

In 2020 Grounds Training was acquired by Lantra Approved Provider, Sampson Training Limited.

The company is led by Martin Sampson who has run a successful land-based training company following a 35 year career in sports turf management. He is an experienced instructor and assessor in a broad range of land-based skills, delivering training across the country accredited by Lantra, City & Guilds (NPTC) and UK Rural Skills. The team comprises Grounds Training’s founder, Chris Johnson, and turf industry communications consultant, Ellie Parry.

Our combined knowledge of the sector, of commercial environments, and of the education and skills required to ensure both compliance and best practice make us ideally placed to understand and meet our clients’ needs. We work with a nationwide network of Lantra Approved Instructors who each bring a vast amount of knowledge, experience and expertise to their role. Together, we are committed to delivering appropriate professional training that ensures all those working in the land-based sector do so safely and efficiently.