Officiating Shout Outs

Posted March 29, 2023 by Poppy O'Reilly

Each week we bring you a good news story from across the South West as part of our wedNEWSday articles.

Over the past few months South West members have been working hard to complete their officiating qualifications. With an impressive number of umpires going through their training this has resulted in a total of 137 members being awarded one of England Netball’s officiating qualifications since September 2022. We want to give a big shout out and congratulations to each of those members.

The first step on the officiating journey is the INTO Officiating Award. This course aims to provide learners with an understanding of the basic rules of the game, as well as covering some of the basic positioning and movement required to enable you to ‘whistle well’ whilst being an umpire. Within the South West 106 members have completed their INTO Officiating Award from the following counties.

  • Avon: 28
  • Cornwall: 8
  • Devon East: 13
  • Devon West: 3
  • Dorset: 7
  • Gloucestershire: 20
  • Jersey: 3
  • Somerset: 21
  • Wiltshire: 3

The Next step is the C Award. This award is fantastic for those who are wanting to umpire at a higher level within their counties. Here in the South West we have had 28 members complete their C Award.

  • Avon: 10
  • Cornwall: 3
  • Devon East: 6
  • Devon West: 2
  • Dorset: 0
  • Gloucestershire: 3
  • Jersey: 2
  • Somerset: 1
  • Wiltshire: 1

Step 3 of the officiating pathway is the B Award. This takes a blended learning approach and equips learners with the knowledge and technique needed to be able to officiate matches at a regional level. The following people have recently been awarded their B award.

  • Michelle Clark
  • Amy Schofield
  • Ella Veal
  • Rebecca Rushton
  • Michelle Bougeard
  • Sharon Bassindale

Following on from the B Award the Netball Europe A Umpires Award is the most prestigious Award used by England Netball. Successful Umpires will be expected to contribute to the on-going support of England Netballs Premier League competitions whilst maintaining a continual high standard of umpiring.

The award will allow them (by invitation) to umpire at National League level. With that in mind we want to give a special shout out and congratulations to Vanessa Taylor-Byrne and Alice Macgregor who both recently passed their A Award, what a fantastic achievement.

Interested in starting your officiating journey? Then click here to find out more.

In addition to the fabulous umpiring achievements, we are thrilled to announce that The ONE Awards nominations are now open. With the South West event taking place on Sunday 2nd July. We need YOUR help to spotlight the amazing people who make netball happen through officiating, coaching, volunteering, delivering in schools, clubs and local leagues, as committee members and so much more. 

How about nominating one of the amazing umpires above for the Community Official of the Year (in honour of Sheelagh Redpath).

To find out more and to nominate someone today click here.

Closing date for nominations: Monday 8th May.

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