With football continuing to grow, the Riddell Umpires Association has launched Target 200 – an initiative aimed at attracted 200 umpires this season.

The association provides umpires for senior and junior Riddell District Football League matches, along with club 18 games and AFL Goldfields women’s and girls matches that fall in the playing region.

Association recruitment officer Billy Mitchell said the association thought 200 umpires was a good number to meet umpiring needs this season. They had about 160 umpires last season.

“There’s a growing number of games in mens, womens and juniors, so having 200 umpires would put us in a good position,” he said.

Anyone is welcome to a training session to see whether officiating is for them.

“It’s great for players, ex-players, coaches or anyone interested in getting included,” Mitchell said. “It’s a fantastic way to get involved in community football, get fit, earn money and challenge yourself.”

The association will have a come and try day on March 7 at Salesian College, Rupertswood, in an attempt to get Sunbury and Macedon Ranges umpires on board. Training is normally held in Melton.

Details: http://www.riddellumpires.com.au/index.php/en/