Call to get into um­pir­ing

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Cal Looklo -

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.

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