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On behalf of the VAFA I would like to seek all clubs assistance in making Umpire Appreciation Day an enjoyable one for all umpires.
We are not asking for umpires to be glorified or made a huge fuss over, just granted  respect. Umpires are there to adjudicate the game, it’s a players’ game – umpires are there to ensure that it is played within the rules. The game is about the players’ and umpires want to be as unnoticed as possible and just play their part in this wonderful competition.
As the biggest senior community competition in Australia, we need to continually strive to provide all clubs with the best umpires we can find. Your support is vital in helping the VAFA achieve this goal.
This day is a great opportunity to showcase to ur umpires the great club environment at your home grouind. Umpire Appreciation Day began 4 years ago with Williamstown CYMS and has proven a great enhancement to our recruitment and retention programs. We seek the support of all of our clubs, both this Saturday and in the future. 
Many Thanks
Benny
Please find attached a Media Release highlighting what the Williamstown CYMS Football Club is doing on Saturday.