England umpire inspired at Junior World Cup

Hannah umpire

Our U21 England team are not the only ones out in Chile at the Hockey Junior World Cup, Hannah Harrison is an English umpire attending her second Junior World Cup. We spoke to Hannah about how she got into umpiring and why she loves it!  

“I started umpiring through school and the original national young umpires programme (now known as NYUPL), back in 2000. Preparing for international tournaments involves a lot of effort and commitment and I’m incredibly lucky to have a really supportive family. Domestically, I get lots of coaching and development through the NPUA. 

“I’m really excited to be in here in Chile - it’s always an honour to represent England. This is a particularly special event, as it's one of the biggest FIH events in the programme, with 16 teams from around the world, showcasing the most talented young players countries have to offer.

“As this is my first appointment in Latin America it's a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and become immersed in a different culture. As it’s so close to the recent Olympic Games there is a real buzz around this tournament and a sense of anticipation for everyone involved. 

“Being part of the global hockey family is incredible and is unique to our sport. Umpiring is just another way to be part of that family - it has given me so many opportunities to grow and develop as an individual and at the same time travel the world, make new friends and transfer many of these skills into my working life.

“Every player, coach and spectator should have a go at umpiring - it offers the best seat in the house and is a wonderful way to be involved in a dynamic sport!” 

We want to wish Hannah the best of luck for the rest of the tournament. Anyone can give umpiring a go, get involved here.