MELBOURNE, Australia - 5 August 2015
The Football Umpiring Society is excited to annouce an initiative to help footy fans better engage with League Umpires.
Internal Umpire studies show that a certain percentage of footy fans (~100%) report a disillusionment with Umpires' decisions, choices and existence on weekends. To help bridge the gap between these essential members of the footy community, and the fans, the Football Umpiring Society (the peak body for Umpires across the code) are launching a new Video Blog and inviting questions from the public to be answered by a real member of the Umpiring fraternity. The inexorable Brian Schmutt - twice voted Umpire of the week by Voyeur Magazine - presents "Good Schmutt", where fans tweet questions about Umpiring to Brian via the #GoodSchmutt.
No topic is off limits, as Brian answers in each video twitter questions such as "how do you prepare for a weekend's match?", and "how do you live with yourself?" to offer that rich insight into the life and mind of a genuine footy umpire. Throughout the series, Brian will allow fans to see that Umpires are really just normal human beings, albeit ones with extraordinary perception.
To connect with the video blog, fans are encouraged to visit www.footyumpire.rocks, where they can also take a virtual stroll through the Umpiring society in their high-tech environment. Or fans can contact Brian directly on Twitter (@brianschmutt) or visit Good Schmutt on Facebook.
Football Umpiring Society
The Football Umpiring Society exists for the benefits of its members - the brave men and women who umpire Football. Football Umpiring Society's vision is to enhance standards for Umpires across Australia.
Lucas Gillard, The Superintendent of Football Umpires