Umpire academy to be launched


The Western Region Football League (WRFL) will host three Umpire Come and Try sessions across the next few weeks, starting on Monday, February 21.

The Western Region Umpires Association, after receiving a grant from Wyndham council and the AFL, will be launching a new umpiring academy at Hoppers Crossing Football ground next month.

The academy’s first session will be held Monday, March 7 between 4-5pm.

The academy will run every Monday throughout the season.

It will cater for to students from schools and people from sports clubs in the surrounding areas.

The WRFL have been involved in running these academies at MacKillop College in Werribee for the last 10 years, and two years ago established one in Point Cook.

The academies teach recruits the basics of umpiring AFL football, as well as fitness and management skills.

To promote these academies, which will be free to attend, the WRFL will hold three Come and Try days.

Attendees will be able to try field, boundary and goal umpiring with all those who participate eligible to receive a free footy showbag.

People of all ages are encouraged to come along.

The first Come and Try day will be held at the Hoppers Crossing Football Ground at Hogans Road Reserve, on Monday, February 21 from 4–5pm. A free barbecue will be held after the session.

The second Come and Try day will be held at the Point Cook Dunnings Road oval on Monday, February 28 from 4-5pm.

A third session will be held on Tuesday, March 8 from 4-5pm at Skinner Reserve, Churchill Avenue, Braybrook.

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