New umpires sought for new season

March 17, 2023 BY

Game on: The BFUA are seeking umpires for the upcoming season. Photo: SUPPLIED

WITH the footy season getting underway in just a few weeks, the Ballarat Football Umpires Association are seeking new custodians of the game to join the ranks.

The BFUA are recruiting for field, boundary and goal umpires in the Ballarat, Central Highlands and Maryborough and Castlemaine leagues as well as for weekly school programs.

Anyone of any age or gender is welcome to sign up and give it a try.

BFUA chair Deborah Sleep said the organisation needs as many umpires as possible to cover the large area.

“To support these leagues we require a pool in excess of 330 umpires,” she said. “Our goal is always to strive to engage additional numbers, 400 running umpires would be fabulous.

“With only a number of weeks until the start of the season, our numbers are still short of required levels.

“We are currently seeking anyone interested to come along and give it a go, you will be surprised at how much fun you will have.”

Sleep said being involved is rewarding as umpires make new friends, increase their fitness level and create a team bond in a professional environment.

“Sport is critical to the health of a community, it brings people together with a common interest,” she said.

“Mental health of individuals is supported by this common bond and a strong supportive and inclusive environment the BFUA.

“As a part of any football game we get the best view, become an umpire.”

Pre-season training is currently taking place at City Oval Ballarat, Mason’s Lane Reserve in Bacchus Marsh and Camp Reserve in Castlemaine.

For more info head to bfua.org.au/become-an-umpire.