South West Umpires Inspired By AFL Program

Jason Crowe with Keith French and Darren McNab

The South West Football League Umpires Association in conjunction with Activ South West have formalised a program to offer people living with disability the opportunity to enjoy a match day experience at the Football.

Based off the Fiona McBurney Match Day Experience run by the AFL Umpires at AFL matches, South West Football League Umpires President, Jason Crowe, saw an opportunity to do the same thing in the South West at selected SWFL matches.

“If we can put one smile on one persons face, the program will be worth it”, Crowe said. “The program is designed to give all of the participants a full match day experience, which will include walking out with the umpires, having a photo with the two League Captains, tossing the coin, and assisting the umpires at the breaks”.

In return, the recipients of the program will receive a cap, a certificate and a signed football for the day.

“This is an awesome idea and one I am really proud to support”, said Darren McNab, Customer Operations Manager of Activ South West.

Six matches have been ear-marked for the remainder of the SWFL season.

Sunday – 30 June 2019 – Payne Park (Bunbury v Harvey Brunswick Leschenault)
Sunday – 21 July 2019 – Hands Oval (South Bunbury v Carey Park)
Sunday – 28 July 2019 – Glen Huon Reserve (Eaton Boomers v Augusta Margaret River)
Sunday – 4 August 2019 – Payne Park (Bunbury v Carey Park)
Sunday – 11 August 2019 – Kelly Park (Carey Park v Augusta Margaret River)
Sunday – 25 August 2019 – Payne Park (Bunbury v Augusta Margaret River)

“The SWFL Umpires Association should be commended for this initiative, one we are happy to support”, said SWFL General Manager Simone Nani

The SWFLUA plan to extend the program in 2020, to encompass the entire season at various venues around the SWFL venues.


L-R: Darren McNab, Keith French, Sean Hunter, Merv King, Jason Crowe