Nottinghamshire Sports Awards 2011

Nottinghamshire County Council is inviting nominations for the annual county sports awards.

It is your opportunity to highlight key achievements of individual sports-people, teams, clubs, coaches and volunteers across 13 different categories.

The awards include categories which recognise the talent and contribution young people make to Nottinghamshire sport.

Alongside the 13 categories we are also seeking nominations in a new category which has been added for this year: Sporting School of the Year.

The nomination process is open to anyone and nominators can be teachers, coaches, volunteers, parents, or someone who plays alongside a potential sporting hero.

The judging period is from 1st November 2010 to 31st October 2011

An on-line nomination form along with guidelines and criteria is available from

Closing date for nominations is 4th December.

Level One Umpires Course – October 2011

Further to the Notts Clubs Open Meeting held on 13th July 2011, the Nottinghamshire Hockey Association is organising a Level One Umpires Course during October 2011.

The course has been organised to encourage all Nottinghamshire Hockey Clubs to educate more members as umpires; as this was identified as a focus-area within the meeting. In recognition of the importance of educating more umpires within the county, the NHA has applied a large amount of funding to this course, resulting in candidate fees that are far lower than the national average of £40-£50 per individual. The NHA is also keen to support the umpiring needs of the Notts Women’s Hockey League, so please encourage your female members to apply!

Details of the course are attached and summarised below:

Course Information

Date(s): 6:30 – 9:00pm on Tuesdays 11th & 18th October 2011
Venue: Highfields Sports Centre, Conference Room, University Boulevard, Nottingham, NG7 2PS
Costs: 10 Free Funded places are available to the following clubs who attended the Notts Hockey Assoc. Clubs “Open Meeting” on 13th July 2011 (Please send your voucher(s) along with your application form):

Beeston (2 places) Newark (2 places)
North Notts (1 place) Nott’m Players (1 place)
South Nott’m (2 places) WB Monarchs (2 places)

15 Non-Funded candidates will be charged at £35 each. Candidates who successfully complete all three compulsory elements of the course will have £10 of this fee refunded.

Spaces: There are 25 spaces available on the course. If demand exceeds the amount of non-funded spaces available, clubs may be limited to a number of free spaces.

Notts HA L1 Umpires Course Oct 2011

EMHUA Assoc Member Form

Level 1 Candidate Registration Form

This is a fantastic opportunity to improve umpiring standards within Nottinghamshire, so please publicise this event throughout your club. Please respond to the email address below with the quantity and details of interested attendees before Monday 19th September 2011.


Gavin Harris
NHA Umpires Representative (EMHUA)
07553 354280

FIH Ruling on Face Masks

The EHB confirmed today (follow link to EHB item) that after consulting with the FIH, the facial protection mask as shown below (which is, I believe is the OBO FaceOff Mk2 – admin), does not meet the requirement of the Rules of Hockey that: “field players … are permitted to wear a smooth preferably transparent or white but otherwise single coloured face mask which closely fits the face when defending a penalty corner.”

Banned FaceMask

This mask does not “closely fit the face” and is not “smooth”.

Further, the FIH Medical Committee is of the view that the mask poses a potential risk to an opponent in a collision. It does not therefore meet the further requirement in the Rules that “players must not wear anything which is dangerous to other players”.

All players, team managers, technical officials and umpires are advised of this ban as of today Friday 18th February 2011.

It should be noted that this ban applies across all hockey, senior, junior, outdoor and indoor.

Level One Umpires Course (Funded for Notts residents)

Dear All,

Re: Level One Hockey Umpires Course
10th and 17th March at Bilborough College
16 Free Spaces

Please find attached course information and a booking form for a Level One Umpires course which will take place in March at Bilborough College.

Level One Course Detail
Level 1 Candidate Registration Form

For further information please get in touch.

Kind regards,

Matthew Bloor
Sports Development Officer (Judo and Hockey) &
County Development Officer for Nottinghamshire Golf Partnership

Nottingham County Council
Children, families & cultural services
Thoroton Road
West Bridgford

Tel: 0115 9772268 | Fax: 0115 9772870 | Mob: 07766 757372

L1 Umpiring Course

Newark Hockey Club is hosting a Level 1 Umpiring Course. The course will be held over three evenings and will include the exam on the final evening. The cost of the course includes the England Hockey resources pack, which includes useful information and basic umpiring equipment such as a whistle and cards.

Dates and Times: 8th, 10th and 15th February 2011, 7.00pm-9.30pm

Instructor: Andy Barnes, Level 3 Umpire and Level 1 Umpire Coach

Venue: Dining Hall, Magnus Sports Centre, Earp Avenue, Newark, NG24 4AB

Cost: £49.50 (includes England Hockey resources pack with whistle, cards etc)

Please return the slip on the attached application form with payment by Saturday 15th January 2011.

Return to: Level 1 Umpiring Course, Newark Hockey Club, c/o Susan Tate, The Old Barn, Little Barn Court, Claypole, Newark, NG23 5FA.

Newark Level 1 Umpiring Course Application Form

Funded Level 1 Umpiring Course

Please see below from Matt Bloor

I am in the process of setting up a Level One Umpires Course through Andy Barnes. The course is provisionally planned for Feb/Mar at Bilborough College (evenings).

Funding has been attained for the course, so I can keen to ensure that the get the right candidates trained, who will complete the assessment and then use the qualification in Notts.

The Level 1 Award continues to be the ‘passport’ to competitive 11 a-side hockey for club umpires. The Award is made up of three key parts (see below). Completion and accreditation is based upon the final part – a successful assessment on a match by a locally approved assessor.

  1. A classroom based presentation representing four hours and 30 minutes (delivered in two sessions and including viewing the Core Skills of Umpiring DVD and an examination paper). The classroom session is tutored by a county based England Hockey Board (EHB) approved tutor and it involves consideration of the umpiring skills required for competitive hockey and a detailed study of the Rules of Hockey.
  2. A minimum of three practice games. The practice games can be independently organised and candidates have up to two years within which they can complete. In some counties / areas candidates can umpire local league hockey. Hockey Umpiring Associations and / or counties can advise of local arrangements.
  3. An assessment on a suitable 11 a-side hockey match. The assessment can be on any 11 a-side hockey game where the two teams play within a competitive framework. 1st X1 school hockey is included however the match should first be ‘approved as suitable’ by the local umpiring association or county (if no umpiring association exists). It should be noted that most 1st X1 school hockey more than adequately equates with lower league competition.

Please ask anyone who wishes to undertake the course to contact me and register their interest and I will send further information once the specifics of the course are finalised.

Many thanks


Matthew Bloor

Sports Development Officer (Judo and Hockey)

County Development Officer for Nottinghamshire Golf Partnership

Nottingham County Council | Communities Department |

Thoroton Road | West Bridgford | Nottingham | NG2 5FT

Tel: 0115 9772268 | Fax: 0115 9772870 | Mob: 07766 757372