Umpire Courses


Workforce development and improved opportunities for umpires and scorers are key objectives for the county. We are committed to improving the standard of umpiring and scoring throughout the county and want to see a decrease in the number of Gloucestershire youth and senior matches being managed by unqualified officials.

To ensure that the GCB work with the ECB on meeting targets for the improvement of the game we have formed a Gloucestershire Association of Cricket Officials (GACO). This is a fully constituted body that becomes a working arm of the GCB and they are primed with the delivery of courses, the assessment of our current umpires and the organisation of appointment panels both with the West of England Premier League, the Gloucestershire County Cricket League and the Bristol & District Cricket League. With GACO formed we believe that there will be a dramatic improvement in the officiating at all club games.

Umpire Courses 2016/2017

Each year Gloucestershire Association of Cricket Officials (GACO) is going to be offering both umpiring and scoring courses at ECB Level 1. The game needs more and more officials to ensure the game is being played at the highest possible level.

Introduction to Umpiring


It doesn’t matter what sport we talking about, whether you are a player, official or spectator, the more you know of the key elements of the sport, the more you will enjoy it.

To support this concept, in the spring 2017, GACU&S (Gloucestershire Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers) are running introductory training across the county. These have been arranged in close collaboration with officials of the Gloucestershire County League (GCCL) and the Cotswold & District Cricket Association (CDCA). While we call it An Introduction to Cricket Umpiring, it is not just targeting potential recruits to umpiring, though we’d love to get you interested! It’s aimed at players, coaches, parents who get asked to help out and anyone who just wants to know more about the key role umpires play in our great summer game. We’d particularly like to attract women and younger people, who might be interested in officiating.

The 3 hour session covers the important (and contentious) laws, the role of umpires and captains in maintaining the spirit of the game, and the duty of care to all players, but especially those under 18.

The courses are as follows:

  • Monday April 3rd 2017 at Aston Ingham CC 6.30pm – 9:30pm
  • Monday April 10th 2017 at Woodpeckers CC 6:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Wednesday April 12th 2017 at Cirencester CC 6.30pm – 9:30pm
  • Monday April 24th 2016 at Upton St.Leonards CC 6.30pm – 9:30pm

The cost of this training is £10, including MCC Law Book and the ECBACO certificate of attendance. If your club, or your child’s club are affiliated to either the GCCL or CDCA, then you can register through their officials. Alternatively, you can register directly with Peter Sawyer, the GACU&S secretary by email to You can always call Peter on 01452 812 911 for more information. The deadline for booking is Friday March 31st, as we need to know the numbers in advance. We need a minimum of 10 people on each course to make it viable.

2016/2017 Level 1 Courses

Course One (Wiltshire) – Beaversbrook, Calne CC
Session One – Sunday 30th October 2016 – 09:00 to 18:00
Session Two – Sunday 6th November 2016 – 09:00 to 18:00
Assessment – Sunday 13th November 2016 – from 9am

Course Two (Somerset) – County Room, County Ground, Taunton
Session One – Sunday 22nd January 2017 – 09:00 to 18:00
Session Two – Sunday 29th January 2017 – 09:00 to 18:00
Assessment – Monday 6th February – 18:30 to 21:30pm

Course Three (Bristol) – Optimum Room, Brightside Ground, Bristol
Session One – Sunday 5th February 2017 – 09:30 to 18:00
Session Two – Sunday 12th February 2017 – 09:30 to 18:00
Assessment – Monday 13th February – 18:30 to 21:30

Course Four (Wiltshire) – Beaversbrook, Calne CC
Session One – Sunday 26th February 2017 – 09:00 to 18:00
Session Two – Sunday 5th March 2017 – 09:00 to 18:00
Assessment – Sunday 12th March – from 9am

Course Five (Gloucestershire) – Hatherley & Reddings CC, Cheltenham
Session One – Sunday 5th March 2017 – 09:30 to 18:00
Session Two – Sunday 12th March 2017 – 09:30 to 18:00
Assessment – Tuesday 14th March – 18:30 to 21:30

Cost: £80.00

Lunch will not be provided; candidates will need to bring their own. However, there will be tea and coffee facilities and drinking water available.

To enroll on one of the above courses, or for more information about the course and other courses running in neighbouring Counties, please view the officials document which are available below.

Bob Hampshire
GACO – County Education Officer
Tel : 01761 470682
Mob: 07752 306117


Applications for Membership

The ECB is inviting applications for membership from umpires and scorers who wish to join the ECB Association of Cricket Officials (ACO). In joining the ECB ACO you automatically become a member of GACO.

Membership is open to all umpires and scorers including those outside England and Wales. If you would like to obtain an application form for membership to the ECB ACO please download one here together with a direct debit form.

Want to Stand?

If you are an umpire who is available and keen to get involved in umpiring throughout the county then please contact the secretary of GACO John Harper.

Gloucestershire is always on the lookout for new umpires and we would be delighted to welcome new members.

Useful Documents