This week is National Community Umpiring Week, as the game takes a chance to celebrate the work of umpires in local football and to encourage people to get involved in umpiring football at the grassroots level. 


Umpiring Development Coordinator Sam Bridges tells Dave about the positives of being involved

In Tasmania, several local umpires will get the opportunity to be a part of the North Melbourne and Adelaide match at Blundstone Arena. They will be shaking hands with players and celebrated as part of the event.


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AFL Tasmania has also announced the appointment of Umpiring Development Coordinator Sam Bridges. Bridges will be working hard to develop umpiring within the state, stimulating the growth of umpiring numbers across Tasmania through the development and delivery of appropriate recruitment, retention, education and training programs to attract and maintain umpires in the AFL umpiring system.

Bridges will be working with schools, communities and other sporting bodies across Tasmania to attract a diverse range of new potential umpires to our game. He has already commenced in the role.

Community Umpiring Week takes place during Round 7 (Monday May 1 – Sunday May 7of the AFL season.