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Adapting to Change with Positive Outcomes

Adapting to Change with Positive Outcomes

Like all organisations FEGGA have during these challenging times had to adapt and change many of its structures and how it works with its Association Members and Partners. In February of this year, we would normally have been holding our Annual Conference where we would bring all our Associations and Partners together, and this year it should have been in Germany.

Instead, the focus was still to deliver elements of the FEGGA Conference, but to deliver the content via a virtual programme. FEGGA’s mission is to “bring people and organisations together”, and the feedback we have received has been very positive in us being able to deliver on our mission.

During a 10-day period, we staged 6 webinars, including our official AGM and also a very valuable meeting with our Patrons.

The main focus of FEGGA is to create platforms for associations to come together, create opportunities to discuss and share their experiences. This then leads to Associations becoming more proficient in their management of their own organisations to the benefit of their own respected members.

At our first webinar event we focussed on an important subject “Mental Health”. This is a subject that is touching all areas of our lives at the moment, and we do know that Greenkeepers and for that matter many people working within golf are suffering from mental health issues. The idea behind the webinar was for Associations to share their own experiences, and if they were able to offer any support to their members. It was very clear that very few Associations were able to offer any support, but actually many would like too, but struggled to know where to start. BIGGA were the only Association that had set-up any form of support mechanism to help their members, and the result of this was that a Facebook page had been created “Greenkeepers Mental Health” and was providing meaningful support that was helping many greenkeepers throughout the UK. FEGGA are now going to follow this up with some other forms of support that might help individual Associations to manage these very challenging situations. This along with other FEGGA webinars were recorded and can be found by visiting the FEGGA website.

Our second webinar aimed at Associations and Patrons focused on FEGGA Updates. This provided updates on the R&A GolfCourse 2030 initiative, now being rolled out into many Countries within Europe. FEGGA also touched on its Pioneering Research initiative, which is very important in developing good collaborative research in helping Golf meet the challenges of the next 20 years plus.

As part of our FEGGA Conference Series programme, we introduced a new element of our webinar delivery, this was to deliver some education to individual greenkeepers. Many associations had to cancel their face-to-face educational events, and many were not able to run education through webinars. FEGGA decided to organise and run 2 educational webinar sessions. These focused on General Greenkeeping and Personal Development and were received with positive outcomes. 250 people participated in the 4 hours of education delivered during both days. We were supported with delivering this education from some of the leading expert professionals working in our industry. Both these sessions were videoed and can be viewed again by visiting our website; www.fegga.org

During the 10 days of the Conference Series programme FEGGA had some 550 people join us online and participated in the many areas of further development that will benefit Greenkeeper Associations, and their respected members. To find out more about FEGGA and its work, visit our website or our FEGGA Facebook page.

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FEGGA Greenkeeper Scholarship Programme Seminar

FEGGA Greenkeeper Scholarship Programme Seminar

Please use this link to access the webinar;
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88653648989?pwd=RnJXTHpEU1k5M081QWE1RWJqZFVIdz09

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FEGGA Conference Series – Sustainable Webinar

FEGGA Conference Series – Sustainable Webinar

Please use this link to access the webinar;

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85854395500?pwd=MVFxbjBHR3AwK2oxWDYrM2dQYmZhdz09

 

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FEGGA Host FEGGA Conference Series via Zoom

FEGGA Host FEGGA Conference Series via Zoom

FEGGA was delighted with the support its recent Conference series has received. FEGGA reacted to the changing environment and hosted its Annual Conference through Zoom during a ten day period, with hundreds of people logging in to participate. Seminar sessions focused on Mental Health, FEGGA Updates, including the R&A’s 2030 initiative, Pioneering Research and covering a session on many of the educational initiatives planned for 2021.

The final week focused on two webinar sessions aimed at delivering personal education to Greenkeepers throughout Europe, covering subjects on Nutritional Management, and Personal Development and presented by some of the industries leading experts and practitioners. This was a first for FEGGA and it was rewarded with some 250 greenkeepers logging in and participating to build on their future career development.

All the Sessions were recorded and these can be found by clicking on the links below.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/2d1h2cwhe5yp77q/AADfjYphzZ1tkZ_wqHLI9Oqxa?dl=0

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FEGGA to Host Two Seminar Sessions During Their Conference Series Programme in Supporting Greenkeeping with Education

FEGGA to Host Two Seminar Sessions During Their Conference Series Programme in Supporting Greenkeeping with Education

Seminars will commence both days at 13.00hrs Central European Time.

Access to the meetings can be made by using the links below….

Session One – Wednesday March 3rd 13.00hrs CET:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86292183385?pwd=MEp5UlI3SHdsQUpzT252RlY2M2dlZz09

Meeting ID: 862 9218 3385
Passcode: 012918

Session Two – Thursday march 4th 13.00hrs CET:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89532539916?pwd=U1ZmM3o1ZWVBUHlZSWEvUks5UStlZz09

Meeting ID: 895 3253 9916
Passcode: 434361

If you need any further information please contact Dean Cleaver (Executive Officer) dean.cleaver@btinternet.com

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FEGGA Launch details of their 2021 Scholarship Programme

FEGGA Launch details of their 2021 Scholarship Programme

FEGGA are delighted to launch details for their 2021 Scholarship Programme

offered by FEGGA in partnership with Kristianstad’s Golf Club and the Sportsturf Maintenance Company.

For further details please download the brochure

2021 FEGGA Greenkeeping Scholarship Programme Brochure

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FEGGA Host Successful Summit via Zoom – Running a Successful Virtual Event

FEGGA Host Successful Summit via Zoom – Running a Successful Virtual Event

With the effects of Covid 19, more organisations will be looking to run their future events using a virtual format. With this in mind, FEGGA recently hosted a Summit focusing on “Running a Successful Virtual Event” Three associations shared their knowledge and experiences with our Member Associations and our Patron Members, of which many will be planning their own events over the next six months.

Summit programme:

  • Introduction
  • Understanding and implementing the fundamentals of of running a successful Virtual Event – Rhett Evans and Team (GCSAA)
  • Sharing an insight in how the forthcoming 2021 Virtual GIS will operate – Rhett Evans and Team (GCSAA)
  • BIGGA will be running their Annual Conference as a Virtual event – Jim Croxton and Team (BIGGA)  will take us behind the scenes in what they are planning and how it will work.
  • GCSAI recently ran their AGM via Zoom. Damian McLaverty (GCSAI) will share his experiences….
  • Q&A Session

The Summit was videoed and you can view this by using the link below.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/zri0273o61wi2k6/zoom_0.mp4?dl=0

You can also find the presentations form GCSAA and BIGGA by using the links provided

  • Understanding and implementing the fundamentals of of running a successful Virtual Event – Rhett Evans and Team (GCSAA)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/1918q4g1bul8nqq/10_RE_FEGGA%20FINALPDF.pdf?dl=0

  • Running a (Hopefully!)Successful Virtual Even

https://www.dropbox.com/s/x4sl7j2zo47iohx/FEGGA%20Covid%20Summit%202%20-%20BIGGA.pdf?dl=0

 

 

 

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International Thank a Greenkeeper Day

International Thank a Greenkeeper Day

Join us in celebrating the great work that Greenkeepers across the world do in making our golf courses special places. share the message & if you find yourself on a golf course today, take a little time & #thankagreenkeeper #ThankASuper – they will appreciate your thanks…

The video below was kindly produced by GCSAA….

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Save the Day – International “Thank a Greenkeeper Day” honors golf course management professionals on Sept. 23

Save the Day – International “Thank a Greenkeeper Day” honors golf course management professionals on Sept. 23

International “Thank a Greenkeeper Day” honors golf course management professionals on Sept. 23

As a healthy outdoor activity that can adhere to social distancing, golf has seen a worldwide resurgence in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Sept. 23, the Federation of European Golf Greenkeepers Associations (FEGGA), in conjunction with other global Greenkeeper Association groups, is recognising those who help keep the game going and enjoyable with “Thank a Greenkeeper Day,” encouraging all those who love golf to thank their course’s greenkeepers.

In addition to FEGGA and its Member Associations, other groups taking part in the global event include the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association (ASTMA), the Canadian Golf Superintendents Association (CGSA), and Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). All together the groups represent more than 31,000 golf course management professionals in 78 countries around the world.

 The celebration on Sept. 23 will include a commercial that will begin rotation on the Golf Channel and other media outlets, and social media messages touting the many ways that superintendents/greenkeepers make the game more enjoyable and sustainable. Golfers and others are encouraged to join in the conversation on social media using the hashtags “#ThankASuper” or “#ThankAGreenkeeper depending on their country’s nomenclature.

 “Superintendents/greenkeepers work hard each day to provide the excellent playing conditions that add to the, enjoyment of the game,” said Rhett Evans, GCSAA Chief Executive Officer. “But in the face of the pandemic, they have played a key role in developing and maintaining the safety protocols that allow golfers to engage in their favorite sport while adhering to pandemic-related guidelines and restrictions.”

As courses reopened after the early months of the crisis, the demand for golf was clear. In the United States, golf rounds in June and July were up as much as 20% over the same time period in 2019, and in many parts of Europe, July rounds were up to as much as 40% – 60% over last year.

In addition to dealing with new pandemic procedures, greenkeepers continually strive to keep the game’s playing fields healthy and beautiful with environmental stewardship as a primary focus. Thanks to the overall efforts of the golf industry, golf courses are using less water, employing sustainable management practices and expanding natural wildlife habitats on courses.

Dean Cleaver of FEGGA commented; “Golf has been a major outlet to having some normality to people’s lives during the pandemic. It’s therefore fitting that we take a day to recognise the men and women who work behind the scene to provide this perfect escape. FEGGA is proud to join the many associations around the world by encouraging those who love golf and appreciate the work done by our dedicated greenkeepers to share their thoughts on social media to #ThankAGreenkeeper”

For further information, please contact;

Dean Cleaver

Executive Officer
Phone: 0044 (0)7813 921143
dean.cleaver@btinternet.com

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FEGGA Host Successful Zoom Covid 19 Summit

FEGGA Host Successful Zoom Covid 19 Summit

Delighted that #FEGGA could bring together 40 organisations from across the globe to discuss all elements of Covid 19. Great presentations, great discussions & great to hear the resilience & adaptability of the greenkeeping profession come through time and again – well done all!

To view the full Summit, please use the link provided….

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/kKYkTwdxeFlyi9is2HC8WiulceD3EBRHCjXLnnyypzsuf3nUEh4HhkO2aRazu2nw.fKoPQQsCTWZofXBI

Passcode: Passcode: N*3a.0aH

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