The aim of the Talented Young Umpire Programme is to develop identified, talented young umpires (14 to 21 year olds) in conjunction with talented young players of the same age. The player program is well established, and it is planned that the identified umpires will attend their county academy training sessions to train with the players and develop their umpiring skills. And if they do not already hold it, take the Netball Europe C Award. From these umpires, some will be put forward to be attached to one of the Talent and Performance Centres in Netball South West.

Essential Criteria for being accepted onto NSW TYUP Programme

  • Must be recommended by County Umpiring Secretary
  • Must be a minimum of 14 years of age
  • Must be a C Award Umpire

By involving these umpires with the coaching of the players, it is hoped that they will develop a better understanding of both what the players and coaches are trying to achieve. This will be balanced by the involvement of an umpire mentor/tutor, who will help the umpires use this knowledge while still umpiring in accordance with the rules of the game. Beside their work within the academies and Talent and Performance Centres these umpires will be used to umpire the screening trials for the players at the Sports Training Village at the University of Bath. At the U16 Regional League and U14 Regional Tournament competitions, they will again be mentored/tutored to assess their progression and ability. If they are considered to be ready and do not already hold it they will be put forward to take the Netball Europe B Award.

After finishing this program the umpires will then be invited into the pool of under 25 umpires who, while still linking in with the talented players at Bath STV, will be mentored/tutored towards obtaining the Netball Europe A Award.

The long term aim is to have one or two umpires who will go on to be considered eligible to be put forward to try to become internationally accredited while still under the age of 25. And if this could be linked with other countries who hopefully are doing the same, will result in having two neutral, under 25 year olds umpiring the under 19’s world finals.