Warrnambool & District Football Umpires Association


recommencement of training

Hello members

After discussion tonight with committee members and coaches we have decided that SENIOR training will recommence on Monday 25th May. This will be both Monday and Wednesday night training sessions.

Junior training (BUMP) to commence at a later date.

Please understand that this will be limited groups of 2 x 10 and train at separate ends of the hockey field as per AFL directive. We will be running group A, B, C, D with group A & B commencing at 6pm until 6:40pm and groups C & D commencing at 7 pm until 7:40pm. (NOTE: there has to be 20 minutes between groups) I would like you to either message (0402065350) or email  (ndownie83@gmail.com) myself ASAP as to what group you would like to be in (first in best dressed).  Once you have finished training you are not allowed to hang around you must leave.

Please note that you must adhere to the training times noted above. The rooms are not available to be opened to change in or wait in (before or after training). This is part of the requirements for group training under AFL guidelines.

(The rooms will be open should you need to use the toilets only)

As part of the rooms not being available for use at this time, Ernie will not be available for any pre training or post training rub downs/strapping.

If you choose not to train and are wanting to complete your own training/fitness program until we know whether the season will be commencing, you are more than welcome (there will be no ramifications if you chose to do this).

As per directive from AFL, there needs to be a COVID safety officer nominated who has completed an online small course (This will be me, Nicole Downie). The committee and coaches will complete the module also. (13 people)

Rules surrounding training:

  • The rooms remain closed so there will be no showers available (toilets only)
  • No contact
  • 1.5 mtr distance rules still
  • Strict hygiene protocol (hand sanitiser will be available)
  • Equipment will be wiped down after each session if the equipment has been used
  • Register of training attendees to be filled out
  • If you are not there to train, you are not allowed to be there unless you are a parent. If a parent is there you must adhere to AFL directive of being outside the arena and adhere to social distancing

As we are unsure of if and when the season will commence, this is one small step that needs to be done properly.


Nicole Downie                                                                   Stephen Walker

Director of Umpiring WDFUA                                      President - WDFUA


Congratulations to our appointed coaches for 2020

Director of Umpiring & Field Umpires coach - Nicole Downie

Track Supervisor - Gavin Sell

Boundary umpire coaches - Nathan Hoy

Goal umpires coach - David Dunn



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