Surrey Association of Cricket Officials (SACO) has now launched the first courses of the 2020 training programme following a record year of training in 2019.

ECB’s programme of umpire training sees four levels of training (Stage 1-4) aimed at providing people with a lower entry point into formal training. The courses are now shorter, cheaper and spend more time on the skills required to be a competent umpire rather than the Laws of the game which can be studied via a online course MCC are offering.

ECB ACO have also developed the ‘Occasional Umpire Resource’ to support players likely to find themselves out on the field for for 5 or 10 overs at the weekend. The short online module contains the umpiring basics ranging from the key Laws to basic field craft. This resource is free and aims to help improve the game day experience for everyone!

Stage 1 courses are just £30 and even include a year’s free membership to ECB ACO and further discounts are available to candidates seeking to take the Stage 2 course immediately after the Stage 1 course.

In addition to the formal courses, the ECB ACO also offer introductory courses for umpires and scorers. These cost just £5 and are ideal for parents looking for more knowledge along with young players looking to learn about officiating. Once these courses are confirmed further details will be provided below.

Stage One

We will be running a number of Stage One courses across Surrey ahead of the 2020 season and currently the following are available for booking. Click on the links below to book your place on one of these courses:

Guildford Cricket Centre – Saturday mornings 8 and 15 Feb (9.30am to 1.30pmM)
Frensham Cricket Club – Mondays evenings 17 and 24 Feb, 2 Mar (7.30pm to 10pm)
Sutton Cricket Club – Tuesday evenings 25 Feb, 3 and 10 Mar (7.30pm to 10pm)
Ashtead Cricket Club – Sunday afternoons 8 and 15 Mar (1pm to 5pm)

Stage Two

We will be running a number of Stage Two courses across Surrey ahead of the 2020 season and currently the following are available for booking. Click on the links below to book your place on one of these courses:

Guildford Cricket Centre – Saturday mornings 29 Feb and 7 Mar (9.30am to 1.30pm)
Frensham Cricket Club – Mondays evenings 23 and 30 Mar, 6 Apr (7.30pm to 10pm)
Sutton Cricket Club – Tuesday evenings 24 and 31 Mar, 7Apr (7.30pm to 10pm)
Ashtead Cricket Club – Sunday afternoons 29 Mar and 5 Apr (1pm to 5pm)

Details of Stage Three courses will be posted once confirmed but if you are interested in this course please contact David Brown (education@surreyofficials.org.uk) and he will make a note.

Participation Manager, Simon Hards, said ‘The ACO continue to deliver a great range of formal and informal training courses across Surrey and last year saw record numbers take part. We are hopeful that the ‘Ben Stokes’ effect will see further increases in demand for training over this coming winter and the ACO are well set to deliver another great year of training across the county.