The significant role community umpires play in Australia’s game was 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.
The YJFL Umpiring Group was fortunate to have the following AFL Umpire’s join them at Bulleen Training last Wednesday evening-
– Cameron Dore- Field – Andre Gianfagna – Field – Eleni Glouftsis – Field – Michael Marantelli – Boundary – Tim Morrison – Boundary – Steven Piperno – Goal – Justin Power -Field
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.
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. If you would like further information about the YJFL Umpires go to Umpire Registration
Keeping it in the family-
YJFL Umpire Simon pictured with his kids Oliver and Macey
YJFL Bulleen Umpires with AFL Umpires at last weeks training
YJFL Umpire Oliver, umpiring on the MCG