Local Umpires take up the Strava Challenge

Pre-season training is underway for Umpires across the region as they join their counterparts from throughout NSW and the ACT in the Strava Challenge.

Umpires are challenging themselves to clock up the kilometres as they walk, run, cycle, and swim towards the 2022 season, and are using the Strava app to record their results.

The Challenge will be run from 1 December 2021 through to 1 March 2022, with the AFL NSW/ACT Umpiring Department offering great prizes for those appearing on the leader board. To be eligible for prizes, all umpires must be registered in Strava and Official HQ by 25 February so there is plenty of time for those interested in joining the umpiring ranks to get involved in the Challenge.

Emily Brown, Umpiring Co-ordinator ACT and Regional NSW, said that it’s great to see so many Umpires embracing the Challenge. “Our Umpires take their role in footy every bit as seriously as players and coaches do. There are already an impressive number of Umpires that have signed up to be part of the challenge, and this number will only grow in the coming weeks.

“Not only is the Challenge a great way to get match fit for the start of the 2022 season, it’s also a fantastic way to stay connected with fellow officials, enjoy spending time together, and build the teamwork that’s so crucial once we get onto the field.”

The AFL is currently recruiting umpires ahead of the 2022 season for both the Senior and Junior age groups.

If you love footy, you’ll love being an umpire. Not only do you get the best view of the action, you also get paid for the privilege. Keep fit, be part of a team, and learn leadership skills for both on and off the field.

Please go to Umpire AFL to indicate your interest in umpiring in 2022, or contact Emily Brown (emily.brown@afl.com.au) for more information.