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UCA host first ever ICC level one Umpiring Course

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The Uganda Cricket Association (UCA) has achieved a significant milestone by successfully concluding the ICC Level One Umpiring Course, marking a historic moment in the country’s cricketing landscape.

Commencing on November 16th, 2023, at the Uganda Olympics Committee boardroom, this three-day course was an unparalleled event in Uganda’s cricketing history.

Notably, this course stands as the first of its kind since the Umpire Tutors’ Course held in Harare, Zimbabwe, earlier in July from 1st to 3rd this year.

An exceptional aspect of this course was the leadership of John Trust Mayeku, the sole Ugandan participant in the Harare course, who facilitated this prestigious event.

With his enriched skills acquired from the ICC umpire tutors’ course, John undoubtedly brought a wealth of knowledge and enthusiasm to enrich the experience of the attendees.

The course welcomed twenty umpires who had completed the ICC foundation course, with four talented women among them.

Dressed in distinctive white shirts provided by the Bankstown Cricket Club in Australia, the participants gained new skills, marking them as pioneers of this groundbreaking initiative by the Uganda Cricket Association.

During the course, Mr. Lumonya Steven, a member of the board of trustees for the Uganda Cricket Association, graced the participants with his presence, emphasizing the value of selfless dedication in their roles.

His inspiring words encouraged the young umpires to represent Uganda with pride and integrity whenever they officiate matches.
Beyond its immediate scope, the course aimed to elevate the recognition of these umpires within the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Successful participants in the subsequent online assessments will receive certificates, enhancing their credentials and opening doors to various opportunities.

This comprehensive course combined theoretical knowledge with practical field exercises, focusing on enhancing the participants’ grasp of cricket laws.

This understanding will not only elevate the quality of their work but also position them for appointments in leagues beyond Uganda.

The course’s curriculum encompassed diverse elements, including pre-match preparations, managing interruptions, honing communication skills, and refining understanding of cricket laws.

The resulting outcome is a promising outlook for Ugandan umpires, presenting increased opportunities and heightened quality in their decision-making during matches.

Ultimately, this augurs well for the enhancement of leagues and the overall cricketing standards in Uganda.

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