The British and International Golf Greenkeepers Association (BIGGA) was created in January 1987 due to an amalgamation of the British Golf Greenkeepers Association, The English and International Golf Greenkeepers Association and The Scottish and International Golf Greenkeepers Association. Today BIGGA has around 6,000 greenkeepers and turf professionals as members, and membership is on an annual basis.
BIGGA divides the UK into five Regions: Northern, Central England, South East, South West & South Wales and Scotland & Northern Ireland. Each Region, which is covered by either a part-time or full-time administrator, is then divided into Sections. There are currently 26 Sections each with its own committee responsible for organising events for Section members and administration on behalf of the Association.
The major policy making body is the National Board of Management comprising the Chairman, one representative from each of the five Regions, President and two Guardians.
BIGGA employs 22 members of staff including 6 regional administrators covering everything required to educate and assist greenkeepers with dedicated Membership, Learning & Development, Business Development and Communications. The Associations headquarters are based at BIGGA House in Aldwark, near York.
As well as hundreds of events, educational seminars and development opportunities each year, the Association organises the BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition each January – the biggest event of its kind in Europe which features the world’s top manufacturers exhibiting. It also boasts an unrivalled education programme featuring hundreds of hours of seminars, workshops and presentations under the Continue to Learn umbrella.
Our 2020 Mission: BIGGA: An Association committed to the continued professional development of its members, working with the leading bodies in golf for the good of the game.
Our Vision: Our Vision is to be recognised as leaders in golf course management. To have our members acknowledged as education professionals, valued by the sport and for BIGGA to become a must join association.
For more on BIGGA visit our website at www.bigga.org.uk and you can follow us on Twitter @BIGGALtd
Photograph courtesy of Dave Salisbury, Course Manager at Burghley Park Golf Club