Groundsmen urged to meet MPs

Educate MPs, groundsmen told at national conference.

Greening the Games organiser Mark Glover has urged groundsmen across the country to invite their local MPs to their workplaces in order to help boost support for the campaign. Speaking to delegates at the IoG Annual Conference, held on 24-26 February at Newcastle United Football Club, Glover said groundsmen should meet with their local MPs to show them what their work involves. He added that they should use the visit to explain their support of Greening the Games and what they hope to gain from it. Glover said: “The best thing you can do is create positive press coverage supporting the objectives of the campaign. If you can, get some young people to say why they got into the industry and the barriers it faces. This is the type of story the local press likes to write about. Invite the leader of your council to come along too.” Glover added that doing this would help the Government to better understand the level of skilled workers the industry needs — both in the run-up to, and after, the 2012 Olympic Games. He said: “We can use the Olympics to train people up. To an extent, you are scientists — we need more people like that to get into the industry. But I don’t think that the Government understands that this is a requirement. However, if it does, you will have a much greater chance of attaining this goal.”

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