School Based Umpire Program

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.

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