Posted by Laura Cairns at 12:10 on 14 October 2013
The Badminton Wales Umpires' Association (BWUA) is looking for people who love badminton and would like to be involved as umpires.
BWUA is a voluntary organisation and is administered entirely by a committee of volunteers from amongst the umpires in Wales.
The Association operates a mentoring scheme whereby all new members have access to a more experienced umpire for advice and guidance that will prove invaluable in the early days. As you become more confident and experienced in your umpiring, you will have an opportunity to progress through the grades of the BWUA, European level and International grades. We have an ongoing assessment and development programme that automatically includes all members.
Umpires may also gain Badminton Europe and Badminton World Federation qualifications enabling them to work across the world, at the Olympic Games for example.
From ‘Officiating in Sport’ (The Sports Council).
“British match officials are a national resource to be proud of and to nurture. They are often unsung heroes and heroines who provide the backbone of neutrality and fair play at every level of sport. At the highest level their reputation and visible presence abroad is proportionally much higher than that from many other countries. In the final rounds of international competition Britain’s officials are often still involved long after many of its teams have gone home.”
Initial Training courses are usually held over the course of one day, consisting of both theory and practical aspects. We cover the laws of badminton, umpiring announcements and procedures and you will have an opportunity to umpire and service judge both singles and doubles games. After completing the course, if you then join the Association, the Secretary will liaise with you about your availability for matches and tournaments and then invite you to events within your region.
If you would like to join us on a future Initial Training Course please registered your interest with us by contacting the Secretary, Margaret Redfern, on 07903 134124 or via email at