Following one of his passions John has been increasingly involved in the game as a Cricket Umpire.
Starting of on a casual basis umpiring for his company team playing in a local evening league, officiating started to become like a drug, although he soon learned that it was not a simple matter of standing behind the wicket, counting to six and occasionally raising his finger.
After his first season he was contacted by his local club to become their umpire. Now this had to be done properly so John embarked on the ACU&S training program, successfully passing his GL6, 5 & 4 in successive years before that organisation was taken over by the ECB.
Not content with accepting the grandfather rights on offer John embarked on the new ECB Association of Cricket Officials (ACO) training program.
John can now be seen umpiring at a high level in the Recreational Game for the Army and throughout the Thames Valley and South Coast Regions.
John was asked to join the committee of the Berkshire ACO as webmaster as they had seen the initial web site he had created for the West Ilsley Cricket Club. After a year John the joined the Berkshire Training team as an Umpire Tutor and almost immediately became the Country Education Officer developing and running training courses for both Umpires and Scorers along with his team.
In 2015 he was awarded the Nat West OSCA (Outstanding Services to Cricket Award) which was presented by Richard Kettleborough the ICC Umpire of the Year.
John is now the County Development Officer for the Berkshire Cricket Officials Association and most recently appointed as the Regional Development Officer for the ECB ACO South Central Region, covering Bucks, Oxon, Berks, Hants, IoW, Sussex and the Armed Forces.
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