QATAR Airways are sponsoring the umpires who will officiate in the Riffa Views Inter-Gulf Netball Championship.

Eight ‘Talent and Youth’ umpires from England Netball will travel to Bahrain, courtesy of Qatar Airways, to referee at the two-day tournament which will be held at the Bahrain Rugby Football Club in Saar.

The competition is scheduled to take place on March 13 and 14.

The umpires are part of a development programme at England Netball. It is part of a long-term aim of producing internationally accredited umpires under the age of 25.

They will attend the tournament with two mentors who will monitor their performance and provide support and feedback over the weekend.

“We are delighted that Qatar Airways has sponsored the ‘Talent and Youth’ umpire initiative,” said championship manager Michaela Milne.

“It means we achieve our dual goal of improving the standard of umpiring across the tournament, while decreasing the umpiring burden on participating teams. The inclusion of the ‘Talent and Youth’ umpires is the most significant improvement we could have made on last year’s event, and I’m sure they will make a huge impact in the tournament.”

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