AFL Tasmania is excited to open applications for 2024 women and girls umpiring scholarships, in line with the AFL Women’s Football Vision 2021-2030 of progressing women and girls involvement in football.

The Women in Umpiring Scholarships offer opportunities for participants to progress as leaders in the Tasmanian football landscape, while supporting new and emerging women and girls to further explore umpiring.

As part of the scholarship, AFL Tasmania will provide a funding grant to three recipients – one in the state’s South, North and North West – to the value of $2,000 each, in addition to providing Professional Development.

AFL Tasmania Women and Girls Lead Amy Bailey said AFL Tasmania is invested in supporting diverse leadership in umpiring across the state.

“This is a first for Tassie and a really exciting opportunity for women in umpiring to become leaders in the industry,” she said.

“Scholarship recipients will become champions and role models for young women looking at getting into umpiring, while gaining unique experiences and professional development opportunities throughout the year.

“Our hope is that through this program, and others we’re offering in 2024, that we’re able to attract more women and girls into umpiring, to retain them and to create really positive experiences for them while taking up umpiring.”

AFL Tasmania Umpire Recruitment and Retention Lead Matt Phillips said the scholarships will greatly compliment and support some of the recruitment and retention initiatives in line with AFL Tasmania’s commitment to delivering strong football programs in all three regions.

“The scholarship program will open more opportunities for women and girls to experience all that footy can deliver, in a fostering and supportive environment.

“We need more umpires across our community football competitions and this initiative is part of our strategy to deliver more targeted and effective ways of recruitment.”

Anyone interested can apply here. Applications close Friday February 2.