The South West Football League Umpires Association today commenced their Match Day Experience program in conjunction with Activ South West.
The first participant was Gregg Dunn, who thoroughly enjoyed his time with the Umpires despite his beloved Bunbury Bulldogs being beaten on the day. Gregg met both Team Captains, along with photos with both, walked out with the Umpires and held the ball up for the siren despite a heavy shower of rain falling. Gregg also tossed the coin, before a team photo with the umpires and both Captains together, and also assisted with providing the umpires with drinks during the break.
Gregg was presented after the game with a certificate, a football signed by both captains, a Football Budget which includes his name as the first participant, an Umpires cap and a card signed by all of the officiating umpires.
“Today was a massive success. As an umpiring group, we were able to achieve what we set out to do, and that was to provide an experience for someone who would not normally get the opportunity”, said founder of the program Jason Crowe. “It was also really pleasing the teams were aware of what we were doing, I had a great chat with David Newman (HBL), who was really interested in what we were doing and congratulated us for doing it”, Crowe added.
The SWFLUA would like to thank both the Bunbury Football Club and the Harvey Brunswick Leschenault Football Club along with the SWFL for their assistance with the program which commenced today. The program will continue at selected games for the rest of the season, with the next MDE on Sunday, 21 July 2019 at Hands Oval when South Bunbury take on Carey Park.
The program will be extended next season to encompass all venues across the SWFL.