12 January 2009

NIACUS has decided to embark on a new format for this year`s winter training course

In previous years the training has been conducted over 8 consecutive weeks, and we have had very disappointing attendances.
With umpiring numbers shrinking year on year, it is essential that the NCU Clubs support us  by providing volunteers to attend our training courses.    If they do not, the service that we provide to NCU will collapse.   So we are trying something new.
This year`s course - the new ECB Level 1 - will be run over a single weekend -     provisionally,    Sat. 7th. & Sun. 8th March 2009. at a Belfast venue.   Full details will be confirmed at the end of January.
The course is suitable for new aspiring umpires, 'Associate Member umpires', coaches/teachers, and players.  It is also a most useful 'refresher' for existing panel umpires, and the short exam at the conclusion of day two, will give attendees the neccessary 1st. level umpire qualification.
Last winter, we instigated the 'Associate Member' umpire  scheme - following a meeting with some senior captains - whereby Clubs sent one or two people to attend a basic course.  Those brave souls undertook to repay us by guaranteeing to stand in at least two or three matches during the following season.  It was only a modest beginning, but NIACUS - and its hard pressed Appts. Sec. Ian Houston - was grateful to Stuart Hegarty & Jake Torrans - Derriaghy,  Richard (master race person) Johnson - Instonians, and Carl Williams - Ballymena for their response and support.   It is essential that the Clubs perservere with this scheme and provide us with a steady stream of new blood, so that we in turn can provide competent officials for Ulster cricket, next season and in the future.
Applications to attend this 2009 training weekend should be made ASAP, on our soon to be published confirmation of the date and details, to :-
Chief Instructor        Keith Smith  7 Moygannon Rd. Donaghcloney, BT66 7NB.
                                              H.Tel.   028 3888 1155
 or Hon. Sec.           Judith Hewitt  12 Ashbury Pk.  Bangor   BT19 6TY.
                                              H.Tel.  028 9145 3746
or Appts. Sec.          Ian Houston  7 Rockmount Pk.  Bangor   BT19 6AT
                                              M.Tel.  07889 275 548  - NO  CALLS  AFTER 10.00PM. please.

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