U4E is normally a two year programme, with the possibility of additional years for suitable candidates. It is aimed at promising young umpires, umpires who have already been members of the U4E Programme, and umpires who would like to be nominated for UDP.
U4E runs a practical weekend in Breda, Netherlands in August each year for all umpires. U4E members will umpire a number of games in the prestigious Push Hockey Trophy, which attracts some of the best Under 18 and Under 16 teams from Belgium and The Netherlands. The weekend will also include presentations from respected umpires and UMs, one-to-one coaching with mentors, and each umpire will also receive a personal video of their umpiring, with coach commentary.
U4E will present a minimum of two webinars per year to which members will be invited, delivered by high quality presenters. Webinars are a cutting edge on-line service that EHF has developed, allowing umpires to attend and participate in an interactive presentation from the comfort of their own home. The most recent Webinar was led by Henrik Ehlers, one of the Ums in Rio and now Chair of the new FIH Officials Committee.
Six internationally recognised mentors will be appointed. Mentors will speak to each umpire about how they can best develop their skills and umpiring career and will provide a PDP template (Personal Development Plan) for each.
U4E will seek to organise exchange weekends enabling members to umpire in tournaments and League matches in other countries at the appropriate level. These are done in conjunction with each mentor and are therefore flexible with regard to dates.