FEGGA Launch New Assistant Greenkeeper Experience Programme

FEGGA Launch New Assistant Greenkeeper Experience Programme

The Federation of European Golf Greenkeeper Associations has launched a new development scheme aimed at aspirant Assistant Greenkeepers.

The scheme carries the criteria that greenkeepers must have at least two years-experience, and be endorsed by their club and their Association.

Recently, Hristo Hristov, Assistant Superintendent at Pravets Golf Club, Sofia, Bulgaria undertook a three week work experience at Minchinhampton Golf Club, Gloucestershire, UK.

Paul Worster, FEGGA Board Member and Courses Manager at Minchinhampton said – “this was a hugely positive experience for the team here at Minchinhampton. Hristo was a big presence in the workplace, and his experience enabled him to comment on our work-processes and help us find solutions. It was fascinating to hear from him how golf developed in Bulgaria and how it has reached such a high level, which has inspired us. Hristo interacted with the club at several different levels, which included working in the Pro-Shop as well as on the course, and giving an evening presentation about Bulgaria and Pravets to the members. We were delighted to have Hristo here; and as a result, one of my team is itching to carry out a return leg in the future!”

Hristo Hristov commented…”With huge appreciation to FEGGA, the BGGA (Bulgarian Greenkeepers Association) and personally to Dean Cleaver, Paul Worster and Pravets Golf Club. I would like to say that this journey I had it was the highlight of my career until this moment. I was able to make an objective self-assessment of my skills and knowledge about greenkeeping and to see where I am at the industry chain and what to do to keep develop and improve myself in the business. I had the opportunity to visit golf courses, football pitches and different places which I would never have seen without participating in such a program as the FEGGA Scheme. It was great as well to make contacts and friendships for life with some remarkable people. It was also a wonderful experience for me to see what a sustainable golf course is; Minchinhampton Golf Club is an amazing facility with a great team and environmental friendly agronomy program and also a fantastic attitude to the members. So I would like to encourage every greenkeeper who wishes to grow in the industry to apply and take the opportunity to participate in this program.”

Dean Cleaver, Executive Officer FEGGA commented, “FEGGA are delighted to have been able to offer this unique opportunity to Hristo, and to see how he has embraced the whole aspect of the experience. Hristo is a great ambassador for Bulgarian greenkeeping, and brings home the commitment of the Bulgarian Golf Greenkeepers Association to growing a profession for future greenkeepers to be part of. FEGGA look forward to offering more of these opportunities in the coming years, so to be a part, contact your Association and FEGGA.”




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