GCMA 2021 Conference: Programme and timings

Looking forward to the three-day festival of learning and development at Wyboston Lakes Resort? Here’s the programme for GCMA 2021 Conference as it stands…

Whether it’s catching Danielle Brown’s keynote wellbeing speech, or debating over breakfast how to make golf a more attractive career for women, you can now start to plan your diary for GCMA 2021 Conference.

The association has announced the programme for the three-day event, which is being held at Wyboston Lakes Resort, in Bedfordshire, between November 21 and 23.

So take a look at the diary below, and start filling your schedule for what’s sure to be an exciting few days of learning and development.

Remember you can book your spot at conference by visiting our dedicated website here.

GCMA 2021 Conference Programme

Sunday, November 21

3pm to 6pm: Registration

4pm onwards: GolfFest

Charity Golf Challenge; indoor golf simulator nearest the pin, Long Putt, Adventure Golf, Gin Tasting/Mixology

6pm: Welcome and Official Opening of Conference; Tom Brooke CEO, followed by informal buffet and drinks

7.30pm to 9pm: VIP Celebrity Guest Speakers: Catriona Matthew, Dual Solheim Cup-winning captain and Major champion; John Paramor, former Chief Referee, PGA European Tour. Second guest speaker to be announced.

Monday, November 22

7am to 8am: Dr Golf on Demand

Kick Start Session with Dr Golf on Demand, the online Health and Fitness club for golf.

Delivering services to National Governing Bodies, International Universities, Organisations, Businesses, Counties, Clubs, Coaches and all ability level and ages of Golfer including European Tour Professionals.

Kick Start Session with Dr Golf on Demand, the online Health and Fitness club for golf.

Offering golf related training that covers everything from Strength & Conditioning, Yoga, Mobility, Circuits and Nutrition through to Youth and Senior specific sessions plus much more.

Dr Golf will be demonstrating three 15 minute taster sessions of Circuits, Mobility and Youth.  Experience one or all three. Further information along with joining instructions to be announced.

8.30am to 9.30am: Breakfast Club

Round table discussions on current topics chaired by industry experts

Session 1: “Put Your Oxygen Mask on First”: Managing Your Own Wellbeing for the benefit of your Team & Club – Gareth Morgan, GCMA Director, Long Ashton Golf Club

Session 2: “Setting the Tone”: Club Managers can lead the way to make a career in Golf more attractive to women – Heather Mulley, GCMA Manager of the Year, Enville Golf Club

9am: Registration & Exhibition

Leadership and Wellbeing

10am to 10.45am: Opening Keynote: World Class Wellbeing: putting you at the centre of success

Danielle Brown MBE, Double Paralympic Gold Medallist in archery

10.45am to 11.30am: Coffee, Exhibition and Breakouts

11.30am to 12.30pm: Plenary Session 1: The Wellbeing of your staff matters: Kevin Fish, Contemporary Club Leadership

12.30pm to 2pm: Lunch


2pm to 2.15pm: GCMA: All Things New – update on latest developments at the GCMA; Tom Brooke, Chief Executive Officer, GCMA

2.15pm to 3pm: Plenary Session 2: Sustainable Golf Course Management – Jim Croxton, Chief Executive Officer, BIGGA

3.05pm to 4.10pm: Breakout Sessions and Supplier Engagement Time.

Your opportunity to attend one of the scheduled breakout sessions, schedule another visit to the Exhibition or an appointment with a specific supplier. Further details on breakout sessions will be announced soon.

4.15pm to 5pm: Plenary Session 3: Golf & Sustainability – the way forward; Arlette Anderson, Director, Sustainable Golf, The R&A, and Jonathan Smith, Executive Director, GEO Foundation for Sustainable Golf

7pm to 11pm: Drinks reception followed by Conference dinner incorporating the 2021 Golf Club Management Awards

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Tuesday, November 23

9am: Registration and Exhibition


9.30am: Plenary Session 4: The tools of Technology, a good tradesperson never blames their tools! – Peter Kirk, Founder, Parconex

10.35am to 11.05am: Breakout Sessions and Supplier Engagement Time. Further details on breakout sessions will be announced soon.

11.15am to 12pm: Plenary Session 5: How to be creative with digital technology and customer management – Scott Seaborn, Head of Digital Acceleration, Capita PLC

12.05pm to 12.40pm: Breakout Sessions and Supplier Engagement Time. Further details on breakout sessions will be announced soon.

12.45pm to 2pm: Lunch and Exhibition

2pm to 3pm: Closing Keynote: ‘2 Lengths’ – The power of keeping things simple – Chris Cook, Former Double Olympian & Double Commonwealth Champion in swimming

3pm to 3.15pm: Close of Conference; Tom Brooke, CEO, Golf Club Managers’ Association

3.15pm: Grab & Go Coffee & Networking

Session titles are subject to change.

Check out the full programme from GCMA 2021 Conference, and book your spot, at our dedicated website here

By GCMA Content Team

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