VAFA seeks Head of Training and Fitness – Umpiring

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The VAFA, Australia’s oldest and largest senior football competition, has an exciting position as Head of Training and Fitness for the umpiring department. We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic person wanting to develop their skills in the high-performance area.

The umpires head of fitness and training will be responsible for the development and implementation of the training program for our umpiring team of all ages and experiences.

Role Overview

  • Develop and implement a nightly training program suitable for various fitness levels
  • Work with Umpire coaches to allow for skill-based training during training sessions
  • Provide feedback on skill technique to umpires when required
  • Responsible for ensuring all umpires reach their adequate fitness level required for officiating all levels of VAFA football
  • Ability to implement any prerequisite fitness expectations for umpiring groups in conjunction with Umpire Operations Manager and discipline
  • Work with Umpire Operations Manager to ensure correct pathways and coaching is provided for umpires aspiring to move beyond the community level
  • Assist with other administrative duties as required


  • Actively promote umpiring in the community and the benefits as well as assist in recruitment and retention of umpires
  • Sound knowledge of community football
  • Understanding of community umpiring
  • Currently studying or have completed a Sport and Exercise Science degree or similar
  • Wanting to further career in the high-performance industry

Key Competencies

  • Ability to build relationships and work with large groups
  • Ability to plan and organise
  • Ability to effectively communicate and manage time within training sessions
  • Capacity to establish effective reporting systems
  • Must have a valid Working with Children Check

VAFA umpire training is held on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6:15pm at Elsternwick Park, Glenhuntly Road, Brighton. The position reports to the VAFA Umpire Operations Manager.

Please send applications with cover letter and CV to Matt Dervan [email protected] by Friday 28th February.