After last season’s success We are continuing to offer free Level 1 umpiring courses in the 2018-19 season.

Last year our ‘Know the Rules’ project saw 150 London Wayfarers across the senior and junior sections take part in one of the 7 Level 1 umpiring courses held at Battersea Park and Crystal Palace. That means at the beginning of this season nearly 200 members have their qualifications. If you haven’t got your Level 1 umpiring qualification yet this will be your chance to join them! 

Our aim is for all of our playing members to know the rules of the sport they play. We expect this to improve your hockey experience, behaviour on the pitch in particular interaction with opposition and officials and with a bit of luck get you some great results too. We don’t expect everyone to necessarily end up umpiring all the time but this will certainly make you a better team player!

For the senior section of the club, we are expecting a minimum of 8 members per team to be Level 1 qualified this season. This number will continue to increase in seasons to come as having your umpiring qualification and knowing the rules becomes the norm. Many already have but all U16+ junior players are expected to do the course. This is also a great opportunity for parents interested in becoming qualified to attend and help support future junior matches.


September Course

Monday 10 September – 7.30pm at The Draft House Westbridge – classroom session
Monday 17 September – 7.30pm at Crystal Palace NSC – practical session

October Course 

Monday 8 October – 7.30pm at The Draft House Westbridge – classroom session
Monday 15 October – 7.30pm at Crystal Palace NSC – practical session

Courses are FREE of charge for members and open to seniors, U14+ juniors, parents and volunteers. Time commitment should be about 5 hours per course and includes playing some hockey. It will be delivered by England Hockey tutors and London Wayfarers Umpiring assessors.

There is capacity for 24 people to complete both classroom and practical components of the course.

To book or find out more please email [email protected]

Before attending these you will need to register on the Hockey Hub and complete the Online Rules test – click here for more information. This can be completed at any time.

More courses including 1 Day Sunday courses will be announced soon.

Several other London hockey clubs including Hampstead & Westminster, Spencer, Tulse Hill & Dulwich, Battersea Wanderers and Richmond are getting involved and either joining or setting up courses to increase numbers across London. Having your qualification will quickly become the norm when playing hockey in London.

Further resources:
Learn about the Rules of Hockey
FIH Rules of Hockey
Umpiring Hub resources

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