Young umpire to officiate at Investec Challenge

Emma Shelbourn umpiring

As England’s women’s squad lands in South Africa for the Investec Challenge (4-10 February) there’s more good news with the announcement that English umpire Emma Shelbourn (pictured) has been appointed to officiate at the tournament taking place in Cape Town. 

The Investec Challenge features the womens' teams from England, the Netherlands, Australia and South Africa and will provide Emma with her first experience of umpiring senior International hockey. 22 year old Emma, a graduate of the National Young Umpire Development Squad and actively involved in developing other young umpires, has travelled with the England squad and work with them in the build up to the tournament.

Commenting on her appointment, Emma said:"I'm delighted to have the opportunity to umpire at a tournament featuring such high quality teams and am particularly looking forward to spending time with the squad in the build up. This can only help develop my understanding of what players and coaches at the very top are looking to achieve".

Emma is one of a number of English umpires to have received international appointments this season. Lia Waine and Paul Walker both umpired at the Junior Africa Cup in Randburg, South Africa, Bruce Bale at the Euro Hockey League in Barcelona and Andrew Kennedy returned from the Champions Trophy in Australia just before the end of 2012.

England’s opening match will take place on Monday 4 February against South Africa.

Follow England’s progress through the tournament on the international results page of our site, on Twitter using the hashtag #InvestecHockey and on our Facebook page.