Promotion for umpire Sean Edwards

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24-year-old NPUA umpire Sean Edwards has been rewarded for recent outstanding performances by being promoted to the International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) Indoor Promising Umpires List. This puts Sean in the frame for a future promotion to the FIH’s top Panel for Indoor Umpires.

 Sean gained his indoor national league badge in 2007 at the age of 16 and first umpired in the men's premier division in 2010. His indoor career to date has seen him umpire 95 matches across all the indoor national leagues, including the recent Hockey 5s men’s indoor finals at Wembley’s SSE arena.

 Sean’s international umpiring career has taken him to Bratislava, Vienna and, most recently, to the EuroHockey Champions Challenge in Rotterdam. He highlights umpiring at the Africa Indoor Cup in Namibia last year as the pinnacle of his achievements to date.

 Reflecting on the promotion, Sean commented: “I'm delighted to have gained this promotion and am grateful for the support I've received from family and my friends within hockey. The quality of English umpires is currently extremely high, testament to all the support we receive. My focus now is on taking my indoor performances outdoor and finishing the season strongly”

The news comes as part of a very successful period for English umpires, with Frances Block and Lee Barron both recently officiating the Indoor World Cup Finals. 

England Hockey would like to congratulate Sean on his achievement and look forward to his further success as an official in the coming years.