Umpire Challenge Wales


Working in partnership with the ECB and Wales Association of Cricket Officials, Cricket Wales has created a challenge for clubs across Wales which will hopefully engage with the network's competitive spirit!

ECBACO has this year released a free online version of the Stage 1 Umpiring course which has already seen over 3000 sign ups across the UK. In Wales we thought we would set a challenge to the clubs to see who can get the most members signed up and through the course over the coming weeks.

We will publish 'league tables' regularly over the coming weeks across our social media channels and will even ensure there are some prizes for the top performing clubs!

We think this is a good idea for a number of reasons:

  • Keep players, volunteers and parents engaged and use them when play resumes
  • Upskill those players who may usually be expected to stand in games with no official umpires
  • Help build more understanding and empathy for those who already umpire
  • It will help us to create more interest in people considering umpiring as a pathway in the future


To get involved all you need to do is:

1. Sign up for the course here

2. Ensure you select your club when prompted in the registration page

3. Complete the course once you receive the access to the e-Learning portal (the course takes 3-4 hours to complete and can be done in bite sized chunks!)

4. Encourage your teammates and fellow club members to do the same!

Peter Williams, Wales ACO Education Officer, said: “ECB surveys show that 75% of all recreational cricket is self-officiated so for many club cricketers umpiring knowledge is as important as playing skills. We’ve put the ECBACO Stage 1 umpiring course online to reach as many people as possible and raise the standard of officiating, which we know makes for happier players.  We’re pleased to be working with Cricket Wales to help make the game stronger.”   


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