AFL Victoria first established School-based Umpiring Academies in 1998 with two schools participating and has continued to grow to 14 School-based Umpiring Academies in 2019.
Why a school based umpiring academy?
- It allows students to participate together in a fun and challenging environment.
- It reduces travel time and the need for transport to and from an external venue.
- The academy starts straight after school allowing students more time with the family or for study during the week.
- The goals of the academy are consistent with most schools’ key objectives, learning and development in a safe, fun and supported environment.
AFL Victoria appoints an Academy Coach at each school who is linked to the local umpiring group/league and their role is to conduct weekly training/coaching sessions after school and the students get appointed to junior games each Sunday.
Feedback from students, parents and participating umpiring groups has been / is very positive where the student participants transition into local community football umpiring.