The EHF Education Committee’s Umpire Development Programme (UDP) has now been in place for 8 years and it has successfully supported, guided and encouraged  many talented European umpires to some great achievements. EHF Education Committee Member, Jean Duncan, has sent us a report on UDP and what its members have been up to in 2014.

Our UDP Groups have had a busy year with many exciting activities and experiences. The year started in January in Los Reyes where some of UDP group 7 attended a tournament Barcelona under the watchful guidance of Michiel Bruning (mentor Group 7).

Michiel Bruning - Mentor Group 7
Michiel Bruning, Mentor Group 7

 Group 8 Umpires          

Olivier Lucas (FRA)
Angelika Koeppen (GER)
Emma Shelbourne (ENG)
Lukasz Zwierzchowski (POL)
Daniel Fernandez (ESP)
Monserrat Olmo (ESP)

Then in April Group 8 attended their launch weekend in Vienna with their mentors Stella Bartlema and Juanma Requena.

Juanma Requena
Juanma Requena
Stella Bartlema
Stella Bartlema

UDP were well represented in the EHL this year. Group 7 attended with their mentors Carol Metchette and Michiel Bruning. Also present were: Marcin Grochal, (Group 1), Jakub Mejzlik, (Group 5), Michiel Otten, (Group 7 Video Umpire), Henrik Ehlers, (Mentor group 2) and Andy Mair (Mentor group 3)

Top Row Left – Right, Pietro Galligani, Laurine Delforge, , Jakub Mejzla, Jaroslav Suchocki  Bottom Row - Ymkje van Slooten Marcin Grochal and Michiel Otten
Top Row Left – Right, Pietro Galligani, Laurine Delforge, Jakub Mejzla, Jaroslav Suchocki Bottom Row – Ymkje van Slooten, Marcin Grochal and Michiel Otten

In the summer the biggest event of the hockey calendar unfolded in The Hague, Netherlands – the Hockey World Cup. UDP Groups 6, 7 and newly formed 8 were all at the World Cup for the first weekend with Mentor Michiel Bruning.

UDP

They got to meet and chat with lots of the umpires from the tournament and also all four Umpire managers: Henrik Ehlers, Craig Gribble, Maralize De Klerl and Sarah Garnett.

Marcin Grochal (Group 1), Ermanno Silvano (Mentor Group 1) Laurine Delforge (Group 7) Henrik Ehlers (Mentor group 2) Carol Metchette (Mentor Group 7) & Andy Mair (Mentor Group 3 & 9)
Marcin Grochal (Group 1), Ermanno Silvano (Mentor Group 1) Laurine Delforge (Group 7) Henrik Ehlers (Mentor group 2) Carol Metchette (Mentor Group 7) & Andy Mair (Mentor Group 3 & 9)

UDP Successes 2015 – Upgrades

Two Group 7 members were awarded their FIH Outdoor International Badges following performances over the summer, Pietro Galligani and Lukasz Zwierchowki.

Jaroslav Suchocki
Jaroslav Suchocki

Lukasz Zwierchowski from Group 8 umpired a semi-final and final of the EuroNations Junior Men’s Tournament in Waterloo.

Pietro Galligani
Pietro Galligani

Pietro was also awarded his FIH Indoor Badge at the end of the Indoor season.

Laurine Delforge and Mentor Carol Metchette
Laurine Delforge and Mentor Carol Metchette

Laurine Delforge Group 7 upgraded to World Development Panel following her performances at the World Cup. Laurine also successfully hosted a Webinar for the U4E (Umpires For Europe) group following her return from the World Cup.

Karine Alves Pereira was upgraded to Promising Umpire List following her performances at the EuroNations Junior Championship in Waterloo.

Karine Alves Pereira
Karine Alves Pereira

UDP Successes – Youth Olympics

4 UDP umpires were appointed to the Second Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China. Ana Faias from Group 1 umpired the Women’s Final and Ivona Makar from Group 2 umpired a Semi Final & the Bronze Medal Match

Ana & Ivona
Ana & Ivona

Paul Walker from Group 6 umpired the Men’s Final and Oliver Tarnozci also from Group 6 umpired a Semi Final.

Paul & Oliver
Paul & Oliver

UDP Successes – Other Members in Action

UDP umpires took part in a few of EHF’s tournaments over the summer including the EuroHockey Junior Championship III (Men) in Hradec Kralove, the EuroHockey Junior Championship II (Men) in Lousada, as well as the Investec Cup in London. UDP umpires also took part in the FIH’s Hockey World League Round 1 in Hradec Kralove.

Michal Margolien (Group 4), Jaroslav Suchocki, (Group 7), Michiel Otten ( Group 7), and Oliver Tarnoczi (Group 6)
Michal Margolien (Group 4), Jaroslav Suchocki, (Group 7), Michiel Otten ( Group 7), and Oliver Tarnoczi (Group 6)
Kerri Targett  (Group 7), Claire Druijts  (Group 6), Hannah Saunders (Group 2)
Kerri Targett (Group 7),
Claire Druijts (Group 6), Hannah Saunders (Group 2)

Investec 1

Jaroslav Suchocki (Group 7), Michal Margolien (Group 4), Xenia Ulrich (Group 5), Celine Martin Schmets (Group 2) and Jakub Mejzlik (Group 5)
Jaroslav Suchocki (Group 7), Michal Margolien (Group 4), Xenia Ulrich (Group 5), Celine Martin Schmets (Group 2) and Jakub Mejzlik (Group 5)

Other Appointments Successes

Andres Ortiz (Group 5) was appointed to the Indoor World Cup, Jakub Mejzlik (Group 5) was appointed to the 17th Asian Games, Ymkje Van Slooten (Group 7) and Karine Alves Pereira (Group 7) umpired at the Austrian Finals in Vienna and Jaroslav Suchocki (Group 7) umpired the Lithuanian Finals.

Looking Ahead – EHL Graduation Group 6

Group 6 will be graduating at the EHL in Barcelona in October and  Group 8 are also attending to observe some games and umpire in local Spanish Leagues , marking the first chance for their mentors to watch them in action.

Group 9 will launch in April 2015 in Vienna under the guidance of mentors Andy Mair and Karen Evans.

Andy Mair
Andy Mair
Karen Evans
Karen Evan

Source and Photographs: EHF/Jean Duncan