Courses launched to encourage women and young people to become umpires

The Gloucestershire Association of Cricket Umpires and Scorers (GACUS) is hoping to encourage more women and young people to take up umpiring.

The organisation will hold its first ever female-only introductory course in March and a workshop for 14-19-year-olds in April.

The women’s course will take place at Hatherley and Reddings CC on March 13 (6.30pm-9.45pm) and includes information on the laws of the game, umpiring opportunities and the role of an umpire.

GACUS secretary Peter Sawyer said:

“There’s never been a time when women’s sport had such a high profile.  Our England Women’s Team are the ICC World Champions and locally women’s cricket at club and county level is flourishing.  Yet we don’t have female umpires making the same impression yet.

“We want to do our bit in Gloucestershire to start putting that right.  While several women and girls have attended some of our training courses, none, so far, have taken the step to umpire beyond their club games.  GACUS has a goal to get qualified female umpires standing in Girls County Age Group matches as soon as possible and then who knows where the journey might end?” - Peter Sawyer

The cost of the course is just £10 (£5 for Under 19’s). You will receive some hand-outs and a complimentary copy of the MCC Laws of Cricket (2017 code).

The young person’s course will be held at Dean Close School on April 6 from 10am-1pm. Like the women’s course, this workshop course will highlight basic laws and provide information on umpiring opportunities. It costs just £5 and includes hand outs and a 2017 laws book.

For more information and to register on either course, please see the posters below and contact Peter Sawyer either by email  or by calling 01452 812911.