Recognition for Subiaco District Junior Umpires
By Andrew Owen
After three years in the cupboard, the five game jackets are back in fashion for umpires in the Subiaco District. Presented to umpires who have umpired five or more games, the jackets are seen as a great way to retain umpires throughout the District.
“The jackets are used to create more of a ‘club’ feel amongst the umpiring group and hopefully encourage more of them to continue on as umpires,” explained Development Officer Matt Lamb.
Last week AFL umpire Luke Farmer and WAFL umpires Rob McCaw, Peter McCaw and Scott McPhee assisted with training and also presented the young male and female umpires with their jackets.
“I think it is a fantastic initiative that they have got here. It allows the boys and girls to be able to umpire and stay around long enough to get a jacket which is a small reward to try and keep them involved. All the kids down here look fantastic in their gear and I’m really pleased with what they are doing here,” said Farmer.
“The five game jackets is something that allows us to give back to the kids and gives them something extra to look forward to and work towards. Anything that is keeping children in the umpiring fraternity is an awesome initiative,” said Rob McCaw.
Farmer was blown away at just how professional the umpiring organisation was in the Subiaco District. When he was younger he described just turning up in any sort of athletic gear and training.
“We would normally train in our local football club jumpers or just general running gear. When I rocked up tonight and everyone had on their maroon and gold Subiaco shirts it looked fantastic, very professional and I think it is a big tick for the association.”
“It is clearly evident to me that Matt and Ben are doing a fantastic job down here and I am wrapt with the way things are going.”
For more information on becoming an umpire please contact Matt Lamb or Ben Haywood on 9208 9999.