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2nd AugHBHUA Pool Umpires 2018-2019

The new season approaches and it seems timely to issue a few reminders particularly in respect of those teams requiring pool appointed umpires.

1) Your fixtures are now entered onto the league website. You must enter the venues and match times soon. If this is not done in good time those details will not be entered onto our website and you will have to input them yourselves.
2) ULO's, with particular reference to those new in post this year, please familiarise yourself with what is expected from you. The East League section for Umpiring and Discipline describes what is required under "Pool Arrangements." The same requirements also apply to EH cup matches. Asking for pool umpires on a Thursday evening for umpires the following Sunday for example, is not going to be tolerated.
Please ensure the association is aware as to who your pool umpires are, this means they will feature on the appropriate section of the website to enable them to enter their availability. The deadline for this information will be Friday September 7th.
3) Pool umpires - new to the pool must be suitably qualified. This means either already L2 or higher or if not at that level will need an assessment. Pre-season matches of suitable standard are ideal and given notice the Association will do all it can to make the assessments
4) Pool umpires generally - despite the weather the season really is not that far away, can you please look to put your availability on to the site as soon as possible. ULO's and team captains you need to check this is happening.
5) Be aware that any team not providing the requisite appropriately qualified umpires to the pool is likely to be sanctioned by the League.

Best Wishes
Graham King
HBHUA Appointments Secretary

5th JulEngland Hockey are looking for Umpire Tutors (Deadline 31st July)

England Hockey (EH) is the National Governing Body for the sport of Hockey. EH has income and expenditure of circa £12m p.a. It is responsible for the management and development of the sport from grass roots to elite activities.
EH has a membership comprising clubs (800+), counties (45) and regions (6 including the Combined Services) which affiliate to it. c140,000 individuals play regularly in the club system with an estimated 15,000 playing at university/college. Over 15,000 coaches, umpires and officials are supported and developed by the EH.
EH employs over 80 staff and also use over 200 consultants in performance / coach / official / leadership education and development, all of which fall with the development team remit.
Having won a gold medals at the London and Rio Olympics this is an exciting time to be part of our sport.

EH’s vision is to become ‘A Nation Where Hockey matters’ and the mission is “To Provide Inspirational Leadership To Deliver Our Ambitions”. The current focus for the organisation is delivery of its 5 objectives within the 2017 -2027 strategic plan:
• Growth in participation - Increase the number of people participating in hockey
• International success - Continue to raise the performance bar of athlete and coach development and create positive role models for the sport
• Increased visibility - Deliver high profile domestic and international events that attract increased spectator numbers, TV coverage, and sponsorship
• Enhanced infrastructure - Enhance the playing experience by improving facilities, coaching and officiating
• A strong and respected NGB - Continue to maintain high governance standards.


The Umpire Tutor will work within the Workforce, Training and Development team to support the objectives of developing hockey’s infrastructure and help deliver growth in participation.

Acting as a support arm to the delivery of Officiating courses across the England Hockey Officiating portfolio, the Umpire Tutor will deliver a range of England Hockey Umpiring courses to inspire and engage the participants at the entry level of the Umpiring Pathway.


The organisation engages the Umpire Tutor to:
• Deliver Introduction to Umpiring, Level 1 Umpiring and Umpire Developer courses as requested by the Workforce Training and Development Manager.
• Upon request, be the assistant tutor to any of the England Hockey suite of Umpiring courses as requested by the Workforce Training and Development Manager
• Deliver course content as detailed in the relevant tutor notes. Any variation must first be agreed with the Workforce Training and Development Manager.
• Use resources provided by England Hockey to aid the delivery of the courses e.g. PowerPoint slights and video clips.
• Adhere to any reasonable administrative requests made by England Hockey e.g. to accurately complete and return participant registers in a timely manner
• Attend, and contribute to, training and standardisation meetings, workshops and other update events as reasonably required by England Hockey.


We are looking for individuals who are able to demonstrate the England Hockey Brand Personality through their behaviours:
• Ambition
• Focus
• Inspiration
• Integrity

Qualifications and Experience

• England Hockey Umpiring Accreditation (or equivalent from other nations)
• Level 2 Or Regional (or higher) Umpiring Accreditation
• Umpire Coaching Accreditation
• Experience of delivering formal training both within classroom and “practical” settings
• Experience of working with and developing relationships with a variety of different people
• Evidence of creative thinking and an innovative approach to meeting challenges and dealing with conflict
• Experience of working within a sporting performance environment would be desirable

Skills and Abilities

• Excellent communication skills, particularly face to face
• Excellent organisational and time management skills
• Persuasive communicator with positive interpersonal skills both with stakeholders and colleagues
• Positive, outgoing personality, persistent and resilient, with a can do attitude
• Ability to forge strong relationships and a team player.
• Strong IT skills, proficient in Microsoft Office
• Ability and willingness to work unsocial hours and weekends

To Apply: Please submit your CV (maximum 2 pages) with a one page covering letter by email to: Michele Townsend, HR Manager, (michele.townsend@englandhockey.co.uk) clearly identifying how your skills and experience are relevant to the requirements outlined in the job description.

To apply by post, please send your completed forms to Michele Townsend, HR Manager, England Hockey Board, Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, Marlow, SL7 1RR.
Closing Date 5.00pm, Tuesday 31st July 2018
Interview Date Assessment Day to be confirmed for August 2018

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