Each year BIGGA Partner ICL Turf & Landscape invites five BIGGA members, who have undertaken a selection process, to attend the Continue to Learn education programme.
ICL appreciate that the valuable career-development opportunities provided by Continue to Learn are not available to every greenkeeper due to the cost of education, travel and accommodation and so the scholarship seeks to provide a level playing field for ambitious members who would otherwise miss out.
The ICL Continue to Learn Scholarship offers five BIGGA members (see criteria below) the opportunity to attend the Continue to Learn at BTME education programme. The scholarship, worth approximately £500, comprises three nights hotel accommodation and a comprehensive education package.
In 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we moved our education programme online. The five scholarship recipients recieved full access passes to the conference days and booked a selection of online classes, as well as attending the National Regional Conference that was held in November 2020. The scholars have also been invited to attend Continue to Learn and attend education in Harrogate in 2022.
Here's how they got on:
Deputy Head Greenkeeper - Maesteg Golf Club
This was completely new to me and I was a little nervous as I didn’t know what to expect, but I settled in almost straight away and come the end of the session I was gutted it was over. I found the whole experience really exciting and would definitely recommend it to anyone keen to learn new things.
As I was generously allowed to choose six classes and can honestly say there wasn’t one minute from any of the classes where I didn’t learn something that will benefit. I took down so many notes as everything was so beneficial to me now and for the future.
When I received the email saying I was one of five selected for the scholarship I was completely stunned. I think I read the email five times just to make sure it was actually true. I cannot begin to thank ICL and BIGGA enough for the opportunity, I will honestly never forget it. The scholarship is a fantastic opportunity for anyone of any standard and any age in greenkeeping as there is so much to learn.
I am constantly on the BIGGA website, always searching for new material and watching webinars and I came across the ICL scholarship, as I just been appointed deputy head greenkeeper I thought ‘wow, now there’s something I would love to experience’ as even though I have 15 years behind me, there is still so much I need to learn and thought this would be the perfect opportunity. I applied honestly thinking I would not get the chance, but look what happened. I am and will be forever grateful.
Can I just finish by saying I found Frank Newberry so inspiring and he really helped me as I had some personal issues over the Christmas period. Also, I loved the part where Les Howkins turned into Albert Einstein! Wow that maths was something else!
Many thanks for everything.
Deputy Course Manager - Olton Golf Club
Course Manager - Reigate Hill Golf Club
Greenkeeper - Ardfin Golf Club
First Assistant - Huntercombe Golf Club
The application criteria:
• Applicant must be a BIGGA member from one of the following membership categories:
Full Member – categories 1A or 1B
Assistant Greenkeeper (in training) - categories 2A, 2B
• Applicants should be CPD Active
• Applicants should be able to attend BTME and Continue to Learn
• Successful applicants will be expected to meet the cost of their travel, meals and any other personal expenses
For further information visit the Member Opportunities page in the My BIGGA area.
Neil Gilham - Reigate Hill Golf Club
Chris Low - Olton Golf Club
James Matthewman - Maesteg Golf Club
Laura Sayer-Hall - Ardfin Golf Club
Jamie Wright - Huntercombe Golf Club
William Curran - Beaverbrook Golf Club
John Milne - Rothes Golf Club
Thomas Tomlinson - Boldon Golf Club
Melissa Winkworth - Goring and Streatley Golf Club
Phil Worth - Macclesfield Golf Club
Blair Shearer - Dunbar Golf Club
Dan Dooley - Mount Murray Golf Club
David Stewart - Walmley Golf Club
Jorge Manso - Coombe Wood Golf Club
Andrew Brown - Boundary Lakes
Daniel Ashelby - Wilmslow Golf Club
Michael Barnard - Royal Automobile Club
Philip Billinghurst - Woburn Golf Club
Michael Hughes - Scotscraig Golf Club
Simon Pyett - Halesworth Golf Club
Lyle Davidson - The Carrick
James Evans - Woburn Golf and Country Club
James Sergeant - Sudbrook Moor GC
Richard Sheldon - Marriott Forest of Arden
Darrell Crowley - Owston Hall Golf Club
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