The significant role community umpires play in Australia’s game will be highlighted during AFL Community Umpiring Week from April 29 to May 5.
The objective of AFL Community Umpiring Week is to increase the awareness of umpiring as a sporting choice or selecting umpiring as a choice as an alternative to playing our great game.
The additional awareness aims to foster support of umpiring and, in turn, assist with the recruitment and retention of umpires at grassroots levels.
To celebrate the occasion, from Monday April 29 to Wednesday May 2, AFL listed umpires will visit community umpiring groups to lead training and indoor-coaching sessions with local umpiring groups.
In addition, several young developing community umpires will head to IKON Park to develop their skills and knowledge of the game in a special coaching session under the guidance of some of the game’s national umpiring coaches, participating in a community umpires’ AFL Coaching Experience.
These opportunities are highly valued by local umpiring groups where their members are provided with an extended chance to engage with members of the elite AFL umpiring panel.
Furthermore, each AFL Umpiring panel for all games across Round 7 of the Toyota AFL season, will be accompanied on to the field by four fortunate young, developing community umpires as part of their Community Umpires’ AFL Umpiring Game-Day Experience.
The 2019 Community Umpiring Week will coincide with Round 7 of the Toyota AFL Premiership Season.
If you are new to the game, or your playing days are over, then umpiring is a great way to contribute to community football.
Regardless of your age, gender, culture or ability, anyone can get involved in umpiring and enjoy the many benefits the role provides.
Not only do you get the best view of the action, but it helps keep you fit, be part of a team and learn leadership skills that you benefit from in all walks of like.