YOUNG umpires in the AFL North Coast are pumped up about the season ahead after the opportunity of a lifetime when St Kilda and Sydney met in Coffs Harbour last month.
As part of the AFL’s community umpiring development program, the umpires experienced the inner-sanctum at an AFL match, which included observing the preparation of AFL umpires in the rooms, walking onto the stadium with the AFL umpires, observing the coin toss and the post-match review process with the AFL umpires and coaches.
AFL coaching and umpiring manager Lawrie Woodman said the experience offers young umpires an opportunity to see umpiring at the elite level.
“Umpire retention is one of the game’s greatest challenges,” Woodman said.
“By providing opportunities such as this during the NAB Cup and NAB Challenge matches we can show young umpires the pathway that is available to them.”
The AFL invited young umpires throughout Australia to be involved in the inner-sanctum experience during the NAB Cup and NAB Challenge matches over the past four weeks.