The Female Umpire Academy is designed to support and develop talented female field umpires and help them climb the umpiring ranks.
Female field umpires are nominated to be part of the Academy and meet once a fortnight for training sessions at Victoria Park under the guidance of AFL Field Umpire Mathew Nicholls.
Nicholls is considered one of the best umpires in the AFL system with more than 300 games experience and was selected to officiate the 2013 AFL grand final between Hawthorn and Fremantle.
The Academy members will be given opportunities to umpire representative matches deemed suitable by AFL Victoria with the hope that talented female umpires may soon step up to the VFL level.
Nicholls will be assisted by Shannon Kirkby and Libby Toovey – both former members of the Female Umpiring Academy.
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