Somerset Cricket Foundation is delighted to be working with Somerset Association of Cricket Officials (SACO) and Somerset CCC Pathway to deliver umpire and scorer training to young volunteers in the club network.

Cricket needs more umpires and scorers. We want to inspire and develop the next generation of volunteers by supporting players aged 14-18 from our club network with the opportunity to develop their umpiring and scoring skills.  Many of our young cricketers already have the knowledge, and just need the confidence to umpire or score during a club or pathway fixture.

The training will be delivered by a team of SACO mentors, including Darren Taylor, Yvonne Dolphin-Cooper, Simon Pilgrim, George Preston, Bob Hampshire and Cecilia Szczepanski, all who have extensive knowledge and experience as cricket officials. Once the training is complete, those wishing to volunteer further will be given access to opportunities including youth fixtures within their own clubs, SCF Bradfords Festivals, SCCC Pathway fixtures, and experience days at the King’s Cricket Festival. The mentors will remain available to support our young officials throughout the cricket season and beyond.

Training Dates and Booking Links

Training will be taking place against the backdrop of a live fixture, giving the opportunity for hands on practice. Places are limited to 20 per course, and the cost is £10 per candidate

  • Sunday 16th April, King’s College 13:00 – 16:30. BOOK HERE
  • Sunday 23rd April, Bath CC 10:00 – 13:30.  BOOK HERE
  • Sunday 21st May, Weston-super-Mare CC 10:00 – 13:30. GIRLS ONLY  BOOK HERE
  • Sunday 21st May, Weston-super-Mare CC 14:00 – 17:30.  BOOK HERE

Candidates will receive –

  • 90 minutes umpiring module
  • 90 minutes scoring module
  • Umpires Clicker
  • Free membership to ECB ACO (includes insurance, DBS, appointment opportunities, monthly online newsletter, online development modules)
  • Free ticket to watch Somerset v Sussex in the Royal London on Friday 11th August
  • YO polo shirt after volunteering for three club or pathway youth fixtures or two Somerset Cricket Foundation Bradfords Festivals
  • Access to volunteer opportunities, including SCF Bradfords Festivals and Somerset CCC Pathway fixtures

For more information about the Young Officials Programme contact Nicky Clarke.