While the likes of Adelaide Crows’ 300-gamer Eddie Betts highlight the contribution of Indigenous players to Australian football, SANFL is now on a mission to recruit Indigenous males and females to get involved in the game as umpires.
The first Indigenous Umpiring Academy kicks off in Adelaide next week, with the aim of encouraging Indigenous males and females as young as 14 to join SANFL’s team of 500-plus umpires in SA.
The new academy program will teach all the basic skills required for field, boundary and goal umpiring under the guidance of former SANFL player and current Adelaide Footy League and SANFL Statewide Super Women’s League umpire Eugene Warrior.
SANFL Umpiring Recruitment Officer Andrew Crosby said the Academy would hopefully provide a stepping stone for those aspiring to umpire in State League, AFL or AFLW competitions.
“SANFL and the AFL are focused on increasing diversity in Australian Football. Umpiring is a terrific way to get involved in football and give back to the sport, with the bonus of earning some handy part-time cash on weekends.”
The Indigenous Umpiring Academy commences with introductory sessions on Monday, April 29 and Wednesday, May 1, from 4.30pm on Karen Rolton Oval, near the corner of West Torrens and Port Rd, across from the New Royal Adelaide Hospital.
For more information please contact Eugene Warrior on 0431 524 140.