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Sixth Form students at Sheffield High qualify as netball umpires

As one group qualifies, the next take the course! Ten sixth form students from Sheffield High School have recently qualified as Youth Umpires, having passed the assessment just as a new group of eight Year 10 pupils start their course.

The Netball Youth Umpire Award is now an established extra-curricular course offered to Year 10 and above at Sheffield High every two years. The course begins with ten hours of workshops followed by numerous practice sessions until any of the candidates feels ready to be assessed. Of the 2011-13 cohort of fifteen starters, ten were moderated on one assessment evening and everyone passed!

Four people were chosen on the night by moderator Rachel Radford to umpire, which was a “nerve-racking” experience, according to sixth former Jess Furnace. The moderator watched the four girls umpire netball matches between South Yorkshire and Sheffield High School. 

“It was very pressurized, as you are moderated as a group and you don’t want to let anyone down”, recalls Hanisha Chadha, who was one of the umpires. “I had to concentrate so much to pick up everything”. But the moderator made the girls feel less anxious, as Rachel was “very nice and understanding, as were the players”. Sophie Graham felt “it was a scary but fun experience and it was very rewarding”, as “everyone passed”.

The new group of Year 10 girls completed the ten hours of the course, covering the workshop content during the spring term and have just received their certificates. They will now go on to practise what they have learned next season before putting themselves forward for assessment.

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