Friday Focus – Supporting National Growth in Albena, Bulgaria

23rd October 2015

23.10.2015, Brussels; Every Friday we will be focusing on one of our Education/Development areas and telling you a little bit more about our programmes, our areas of support and our plan to grow hockey in all of Europe.

Our first stop features our SNG Umpires programme (Supporting National Growth). This is the “grassroots” tier in our 3 tier approach, which aims at providing European umpires a pathway of development at a continental level. SNG is aimed at umpires and umpire coaches from our developing member nations, and to give them an opportunity to begin their journey onto the European stage, and to share knowledge so that they may do the same in their local clubs and national leagues.

This past weekend, 16-18 October, Supporting National Growth (SNG) alongside Bulgarian Hockey Federation organised a workshop for umpires and umpire coaches.

The workshop took place alongside the Bulgarian National club championship finals (Men), in Albena, Bulgaria.

15 umpires from Armenia, Bulgaria, Georgia and FYROM attended the workshop which was led by Scottish Umpires Manager, Craig Madden, with assistance from Bulgarian Umpiring committee’s member, Veselin Zahariev.

All the participants were shown how to manage and control the game and how to apply the rules. They were able to umpire some of the games and had an opportunity to receive feedback and analysis from their colleagues and the conductors.

The Bulgarian Hockey Federation and EHF would like to thank Craig Madden for sharing his knowledge and putting on a very interesting and positive workshop for our Southeast Europe nations.

For more information on the SNG programme and if your nation is interested in hosting its own SNG workshop, please contact Norman (

Source: EHF/Bulgarian Hockey Federation


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