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).
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Lukasz Zwierchowski from Group 8 umpired a semi-final and final of the EuroNations Junior Men’s Tournament in Waterloo.
Pietro was also awarded his FIH Indoor Badge at the end of the Indoor season.
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.
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
Paul Walker from Group 6 umpired the Men’s Final and Oliver Tarnozci also from Group 6 umpired a Semi Final.
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.
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.
Source and Photographs: EHF/Jean Duncan