Call to get into umpiring
ROUND 7 of the AFL Premiership Season has been designated the Community Umpiring Round to encourage people to get involved in umpiring Australian football at grassroots level.
On May 13, AFL umpire Matt Adams and WAFL umpire Stuart Parry will attend a training session with Perth Junior District Umpires (DDFUA) at Berehaven Oval, Thornlie, at 5.30pm.
Matt and Stuart will share their experience and knowledge with aspiring junior umpires.
Rob Ramsden, of the Demons District Football Umpires Association, said umpiring was a great way to be involved in the football community, offering players and non-players an inclusive and supportive environment to keep fit and earn money.
“Players are encouraged to get involved in umpiring, with many opportunities to combine both activities into the season,” Mr Ramsden said.
Each weekend, more than 12,000 umpires officiate at community football throughout the nation, but with more than 20,000 umpires required to cover these matches, there is an urgent need to grow the number.
At each match during round 7, the umpires will be led on to the ground by four first-year community umpires, giving them a taste of the elite match day experience and demonstrating the opportunities that are available through umpiring.
Visit www.getinthegame. com.au to find your nearest umpiring group, read guides on the roles of umpires and access learning resources.