Seven umpires received their provisional certification after successfully completing the online segment of an umpire educator course, offered by the World Curling Academy.
The participants have yet to complete the face-to-face segment of the course, in order to become fully certified umpire educators. Due to COVID-related travel restrictions, the date of this on-site segment is to be determined.
Tim Bastian, a course participant reflected on his experience, “I was already an instructor at two umpire courses in Fuessen, Germany, so, it was great to get the opportunity to join this course. My expectation was to deepen my knowledge about adult learning and to get feedback to improve both as an umpire and an instructor.
“The course was very good. It was held via Microsoft Teams on three two-hour sessions, nevertheless it felt very personal. The time was just flying by. The best was the practical part, when we were giving five-minute training sessions and got feedback afterwards from the trainers and our peer group.
“After finishing the online part of the course, I’d like to complete the course with the practical part. After that, I am looking forward to giving further umpire training in the future to be able to use what I have learned in the course.”
Regarding recent developments at the World Curling Academy, Scott Arnold, World Curling Federation Head of Development said, “The Academy launched roughly two years ago. The growth of the online platform has been phenomenal and there have been hundreds of people completing courses.”
“World Academy of Sport, the education partners of the WCF, developed courses to “train the trainers” but the pandemic put a halt to the programme. Fortunately the World Curling Academy and the World Academy of Sport have been able to recreate the course online and we have now graduated the first cohort of Umpire Educators,” he said.
“They are among the most respected officials in the sport, and they will now be able to train, assess and certify others through the World Curling Academy. The first group of educators are based in Europe, but we intend to expand that to Asia and North America. In the coming months, we will start to train ice technician educators and coach educators to allow certification in those disciplines.
“A lot of work is still required but we are excited to continue to grow and look forward to certifying anyone interested in pursuing work as technical officials, ice technicians and coaches in curling.”
The provisionally certified umpire educators are Tim Bastian (Germany), Bob Bomas (Netherlands), Steen Lauridsen (Denmark), Joaquim Reimertz (Sweden), Eeva Roethlisberger (Switzerland), Michael Schlatter (Switzerland) and Stuart Walker (Scotland).