Drive to recruit more league umpires

The All Rounder Cricket Bradford Premier League has launched a drive to recruit new umpires for the 2019 season.

Two training courses have been organised and the league is appealing to former players and cricket followers to become match officials.

League chairman David Young told clubs at the recent agm that the recruitment of new umpires was the top priority for the league. 

He said: "We desperately need to recruit and train new umpires because numbers have dwindled in recent years as umpires have retired and recruitment hasn't kept pace with this.

"We would dearly love to be able to staff every match with two panel umpires, but last season showed we are well short of achieving that goal."

The league is offering to pay the course fees for all candidates who go on to become members of the umpiring panel or serve as club umpires throughout the 2019 season.

The courses will be staffed by ECB ACO tutors and will prepare candidates for the challenge of umpiring in the Bradford Premier League.

A Stage One course will be held on Saturday, January 26 and February 2 from 10am to 4.30pm. The Stage Two course is being held on February 2 and 9 from 10am to 4.30pm.

Bradford Premier League Umpires Association chairman Philip Radcliffe is anxious that the drive for new umpires is a success.

"The courses are tailored so that we can train interested people to become club umpires or help those who are already club umpires to join the league panel.

"We want to reach out to men or women who have either retired from playing, have stopped at a young age or just have a love for cricket and would like to watch from the best seat in the house."

Anybody interested in finding out more information or wishes to register for either of the courses should contact Philip Radcliffe on 07740 853047 or email

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