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Sports grant to help boost netball umpire numbers

A netball team in Ipswich is to use a sports grant to train team members as umpires because there aren’t enough available to officiate at games.

From Press releases - 23 January 2018 12:00 AM

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Ipswich Storm Netball Club will use the team sports award cash from UK Power Networks to help team members through training to become umpires.

Team member Sue Townend applied for the grant from her employer, which delivers electricity to eight million customers across East Anglia, London and the South East through its vast infrastructure of overhead power lines, underground cables and substations.

Sue said: “In the league that we play in, the South Suffolk Netball League, all teams have to arrange their own umpires in order to officiate the matches.

“There is a great shortage of umpires locally so myself and two other members are attending courses and training to pass umpiring tests so that we can help with the shortage.”

Sue, who also chairs the South Suffolk Netball League, added: “Umpiring is open to everyone – male and female – and you don’t have to play netball to do it. Umpires are paid for the matches they cover and often have travel expenses recuperated as well.”

Anyone interested in becoming a netball umpire should contact the South Suffolk Netball website

The Team Sport Award scheme is designed to encourage staff to volunteer in the community and is aimed at promoting healthy living, teamwork and development of sporting opportunities.

Hundreds of community and sports groups have benefited from grants since the scheme was set up. Last year £15,750 was donated to sporting groups connected to UK Power Networks staff.