Success Stories

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Brett's story

I started umpiring when I was 14, as my juniors club (Sleaford HC) were required to provide an umpire. I gained my first experiences of umpiring 11-a-side senior hockey on alternate weekends as a club umpire. During my final years of school I became increasingly involved with umpiring at various club and school regional championships, leading to my appointment to the National Young Umpires Promising List (NYUPL) at age 17.
I started studying at Loughborough University in 2013 and joined EMHUA and MYUG, taking my very first appointments as a neutral umpire to men’s matches in the East Midlands games. After a year of umpiring neutrally I gained my Level 2 qualification, opening the door to matches in the top two leagues of regional hockey. Throughout this time, appointments to national finals events and junior international matches added breadth to my opportunities and experiences. An advantage of umpiring at university was the chance to be involved with BUCS league games every Wednesday, in which I got a taster of national league level hockey, with the added bonus of being paid per game!
I am currently a Level 3 umpire and have just finished my first full season in the National League, in which I was regularly appointed to conference league matches and was involved in various junior internationals and the later knockout rounds of BUCS. I aim to achieve promotion within NPUA in the near future and earn appointments to more national level knockout competition matches and international games.
Getting involved as a young umpire with MYUG was the platform I needed to give me the experience and confidence required to take charge of the level of matches that I umpire now. Whatever your hockey ambitions, gaining experience as a young umpire will improve your understanding of the rules and when and how to apply them, in addition to accessing top-level coaching to focus your development. The skills and attributes you develop such as empathy, calmness and leadership on the pitch will aid your development as a player and in life away from hockey. Get involved with as many different types of game that you can, be it club hockey, regional performance centres, schools or mixed summer league and indoor hockey, as each will present an opportunity to work on something different. Through all of this, you will build a great camaraderie with coaches, players and your fellow umpires!

Brett pic.jpg

Brett's story

I started umpiring when I was 14, as my juniors club (Sleaford HC) were required to provide an umpire. I gained my first experiences of umpiring 11-a-side senior hockey on alternate weekends as a club umpire. During my final years of school I became increasingly involved with umpiring at various club and school regional championships, leading to my appointment to the National Young Umpires Promising List (NYUPL) at age 17.
I started studying at Loughborough University in 2013 and joined EMHUA and MYUG, taking my very first appointments as a neutral umpire to men’s matches in the East Midlands games. After a year of umpiring neutrally I gained my Level 2 qualification, opening the door to matches in the top two leagues of regional hockey. Throughout this time, appointments to national finals events and junior international matches added breadth to my opportunities and experiences. An advantage of umpiring at university was the chance to be involved with BUCS league games every Wednesday, in which I got a taster of national league level hockey, with the added bonus of being paid per game!
I am currently a Level 3 umpire and have just finished my first full season in the National League, in which I was regularly appointed to conference league matches and was involved in various junior internationals and the later knockout rounds of BUCS. I aim to achieve promotion within NPUA in the near future and earn appointments to more national level knockout competition matches and international games.
Getting involved as a young umpire with MYUG was the platform I needed to give me the experience and confidence required to take charge of the level of matches that I umpire now. Whatever your hockey ambitions, gaining experience as a young umpire will improve your understanding of the rules and when and how to apply them, in addition to accessing top-level coaching to focus your development. The skills and attributes you develop such as empathy, calmness and leadership on the pitch will aid your development as a player and in life away from hockey. Get involved with as many different types of game that you can, be it club hockey, regional performance centres, schools or mixed summer league and indoor hockey, as each will present an opportunity to work on something different. Through all of this, you will build a great camaraderie with coaches, players and your fellow umpires!

Brett pic.jpg

Amar's story

I’ve been involved in hockey since the age of 6 and have always had a fascination with officiating. In 2013 I took an umpiring course to explore umpiring and gained my level 1. I partly gained this to understand what goes through an umpires mind during matches, so that I could manipulate situations whilst playing, however as I was given more opportunities to umpire at club level, It became extremely enjoyable. For 3 years whilst I umpired at club level and for the midlands young umpires, I played for the 1st team and continued through the player pathway. Umpire coaches and playing coaches were extremely intertwined and allowed me to have a balanced approach to both, without missing out on playing or umpiring opportunities. I joined the National young umpires promising list in 2016, and have since umpired at several national junior events, and most recently a debut junior international. In the 2017/18 season I decided to take a break from competitive hockey to focus on climbing the men’s umpiring ladder on the neutral panel, as my ultimate goal is to become an international level umpire. Currently I am a level 1, aiming to achieve my level 2 in the coming season. Young people are the backbone to modern style hockey, young people understand hockey extremely well, and this allows the development of fantastic umpires for the future. Joining the midlands young umpires (MYU) has given me a lot of confidence and people skills, whilst also allowing me to apply what I have learnt in other aspects of life, developing much stronger attributes in my education as well as social life. As umpires we also have great fun off the pitch and we are all friends, whether an umpire, umpire coach or manager. We have an enjoyable environment, and I feel as though it has helped me grow a lot as a person. There is a lot of support within the MYU and no expectation or pressure, and it provides young people with fantastic opportunities, to not just develop as an umpire, but as a person and to ultimately have fun!