SFMA welcomes two Australian organizations to International Affiliate Organization Program

Sports Turf Managers Association (SFMA) announced the addition of two organizations, the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association (ASFMA) and Sports Turf Australia (STA), to its International Affiliate Organization Program.

Formed in 1981, the ASFMA is a not-for-profit industry association formerly known as the Australian Golf Course Superintendents Association. Boasting more than 1,500 members from all areas of the industry including racetracks, lawn tennis and equipment technology, the association strives to ensure that constant improvements in professional sports field management are achieved in a safe, responsible and environmentally responsible manner.

“The affiliation between the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association and Sports Turf Managers Association is a powerful combination,” said ASFMA CEO Mark Unwin. “SFMA’s understanding of the complex environment of professional sportsfield management, widespread knowledge and expertise combined with their collaborative approach is uniquely complimentary to how the Australian Sports Turf Managers Association operates and we believe this will strengthen our ability to develop the next generation of sports field managers.”

STA nurtures fields of all sports and positions themselves as an association of people, industry and organizations participating and employed in the sports and leisure field industry. Similar to the ASFMA, the STA is a not-for-profit national association who empowers their members by encouraging advancement of skills, identifying best practices, providing networking and educational opportunities and promoting safety in the workplace.

“We have a healthy industry association delivering a terrific standard of playing fields for football, soccer, racing, golf, cricket and the myriad of other turf field sports,” said STA President Chris Chapman. “It is imperative we advance the skills and learning across the industry for today and tomorrow.  Our linking with SFMA reflects our initiatives of sharing our skills, innovations and knowledge.”

“We are very pleased to add these well-respected Australian associations to our International Affiliate program, said Kim Heck, CAE, CEO of SFMA. “Our goal with this program is to share information and resources so that we create a connected global community of sports field managers.”

In the summer of 2009, the SFMA Board of Directors established an International Affiliate Organization status to recognize international groups of sports field managers. This category was developed to formalize collaboration between SFMA and international organizations and will allow this relationship to operate in the spirit of an SFMA chapter, but without the legal complexities of affiliating with SFMA. Thus, SFMA has created International Affiliate Organizations for groups that reside in countries outside of the U.S. and its territories. Each IAOP member-organization is provided a complimentary SFMA membership and granted member pricing for their entire memberships on all SFMA offerings including conference registration and certification.