Four more local Europeans gain Umpiring Accreditation
Tuesday, November 12 2013 @ 03:40 am ACDT
Contributed by: Aaron Richard
In signs of footy in Europe taking the next step beyond its more casual beginnings, four locals have recently gained their Level 1 Umpiring Accreditation.
Shane Hill, AFL Europe Umpire Co-ordinator assessed the umpires over three separate matches and gave the umpires the tick of approval. Ian Kafka (England), John Enright (Ireland), Josh Davey (Wales) and Nilss Lode (Germany) all have vastly different journeys to umpiring and earning their accreditation.
John Enright and Josh Davey's names will be familiar to many readers in their playing capacity, with Enright having represented Ireland and Davey playing for Wales and the Great Britain Bulldogs. Ian Kafka is the current Universities Coordinator for AFL England and is presently in full time eductation. He has been instrumental in growing the game at university level with the UK. Nilss Lode from the Munich Kangaroos this year umpired matches at the both the Euro Cup in Bordeaux and European Championships in Dublin, being awarded the Golden Whistle in Bordeaux.
For more, read European Umps Gain Level 1 Accreditation.