Over 25 individuals attended a umpire education programme workshop in Brunei that was delivered by Netball Australia’s umpiring coach and former umpire Dianne Cocker. The programme aimed to further develop umpires in Brunei.
Brunei Netball recently joined forces with the Australian High Commission in Brunei and Netball Australia to hold this workshop that lasted three days between the 6th and 8th of November.
The workshop, led by Dianne Cocker who has 25 years of experience within the field, focused on a variety of topics including; decision making, maintaining professionalism, technique of umpiring and mentoring in order to provide feedback.
The sessions were delivered in a mix of theory and practical to umpires who have been recently umpiring in the inter-school tournaments in Brunei. These umpires were able to umpire live match play and receive instant feedback on their techniques and how to develop.
This is the first time Brunei Netball and Netball Australia have worked together on this type of programme. Rauufah Omarali from Brunei Netball, who also umpires, organised the workshop to take place.
Australian High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Nicola Rosenblum, presented the participants their certificates for completing the workshop. In a statement she said;
‘Sport is a truly universal language that plays an important role in strengthening relations between countries. While we may compete on the court, today netball has brought Australia and Brunei closer together. I am pleased that, through this event, the High Commission has been able to promote the values of sport – competition, team work and fair play.’