Hungarian Cricket Association hosts nation's first Level One Umpires Course
Mon, Jan 26, 2009 5:07 PM
The Hungarian Cricket Association (HCA) hosted their country's first ECB Level One Cricket Umpires course in Budapest on 24-25 January 2009.
The course, led by tutor Keith Healey, was attended by 17 participants including five native Hungarians at the Taj Mahal Indian restaurant owned by Hungarian Cricket Association Management Committee member, Lucky Singh.
Focusing on Laws of a practical nature, the ECB level one course covers issues that an umpire cannot look-up on the field, and processes such as pre-match duties that will enable the umpire to do his/her job more effectively. At the conclusion of the two-day course, participants complete a 75 question exam ? although usually without the tantalizing aromas of Indian cuisine and delicious snacks flowing from the host venue's kitchens
Cricket in Hungary has grown rapidly over recent years and the native population's interest in the sport is rising steadily, particularly in youth age groups. David Brown, Chairman of the HCA, commented on the development of the sport in his new homeland: "It never ceases to amaze me what has been achieved in the past two short years that cricket has been established here in Hungary. We are about to enter our third season which promises to be just as successful as the previous two, possibly more so."
He added, "I feel if all involved in Hungarian Cricket work as a team, then the future of the sport here is secure."
Hungary still has a long way to go to match the achievements of their waterpolo traditions; nonetheless Brown has pledged his continuing support towards promoting cricket to the Hungarian people and extending the sport into every school in the country, with the ultimate goal of becoming an Affiliate Member of the ICC.
Following the success of the inaugural ECB Level One Umpires Course, the HCA is now hopeful that they will be able to host a second Umpires course later in 2009. Interest has also been shown for an ECB Level 1 Coaching Course and if this is a sign of things to come, then Hungary is firmly on its way to establishing Cricket as its next up-and-coming sport.
For further information about Hungarian Cricket please visit:.hungariancricket.com