Published on October 11, 2017 3:29 pm

Female Umpire Academy receives a boost

More of Victoria’s best female umpires will have the opportunity to develop their skills in AFL Victoria’s Female Umpire Academy, following the announcement of a two-year partnership extension from the Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation (SAMRF).

Building on its support from 2014, SAMRF’s extended support will provide up-and-coming young female umpires with the chance to attend specialised training nights under the tutelage of gun AFL umpire Mathew Nicholls.

Nicholls is regarded as one of the game’s best, having umpired in the 2013 Grand Final between Hawthorn and Fremantle.

As members of the Female Academy, participants meet every fortnight for training sessions at IKON Park to sharpen their skills and develop as individuals.

The girls, who range in age from 16-26, officiate in their respective community leagues across the state, with 18 participants in season 2017 hailing from seven different community umpiring groups.

AFL Victoria Umpiring Development Manager Neville Nash said SAMRF’s support was vital in developing the next generation of female AFL umpires.

“Susan Alberti, and the Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation have been a great supporter of not only our Female Umpire Academy, but of female football in general for many seasons,” he said.

“The growth and interest we have seen in recent times for female umpiring across the state has been fantastic, so it’s important that we can continue to provide the opportunity for more female umpires to develop their skills.

“The Foundation’s continued support will allow us to reach more umpires and deliver a pathway for them to hopefully reach the elite level like former participant Eleni Glouftsis and our Academy Ambassador Chelsea Roffey.”

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