By Mike Jiggens
The Guelph, Ont.-based Sports Turf Association has become the first recognized international affiliate of the Sports Turf Managers Association of Lawrence, Kan.
To be an International Affiliate, the organization must be recognized as a business entity
in their country and provide proof to STMA annually; develop bylaws or other governing
documents; and have a governing Board of Directors. The STA meets these requirements
and officially became an STMA International Affiliate Organization on Nov. 5.
In addition to sharing information and resources, STMA will list the STA on its website as
an International Affiliate Organization, provide one membership annually to the President
of the STA, and will offer to the membership of the STA conference registration and
education and training resources at STMA member rates.
STMA President Abby McNeal, CSFM was enthusiastic about the new partnership.
“Officially establishing a relationship with the STA will help to connect our memberships
and allow us to collaborate on issues common across the profession,” says McNeal. “Our
Board of Directors has much respect for the work of the STA, and we know we will learn
Gord Dol, STA President, concurs. “We believe that this is an important step forward in
establishing an information conduit for organizations around the world to share research,
knowledge, and experience for the advancement of everyone involved in the sports turf
STMA is the not-for-profit, professional association for the men and women who manage
sports fields. Its more than 2,800 members oversee sports fields and facilities at schools,
colleges and universities, parks and recreational facilities, and professional sports
stadiums. The membership’s goal is to manage natural turf and synthetic surfaces to
produce safe and aesthetically pleasing playing surfaces for athletes at all levels of
playing abilities. Since 1981, the association and its dozens of local chapters have been
providing education, information and sharing practical knowledge in the art and science of
sports field management.
The Sports Turf Association was formed in 1987 by representatives from a broad segment
of the turf industry. They recognized the need for a central resource for better education
and information for those involved in maintaining sports turf. More than two decades later
the STA remains dedicated to the promotion of better, safer sports turf. The STA has over
280 members from across Canada.