Grand Masters Hockey European Cup 19th - 27th August 2017
Grand Masters Hockey European Cup19th - 27th August 2017 

Profile - Jean Francois Verpaele, Umpire Manager

Jean Francois has attended several WGMA events over the past few years as an umpire and technical official; including recent world cups and european championships.


He has played and been involved in hockey in Belgium (his home country) since 1970 and has been umpiring since 1996. He is part of the Belgium development plan for umpires and is responsible for a small group of their officials. He coaches umpires, both young and old, every weekend where possible.


For the past 3 years he has developed and delivered a development programme for young umpires called "Futop", which has had great success. He is reponsible for umpire development at 7 clubs, helping deliver training sessions etc. He has also developed and delivered training programmes for youth and junior umpires and is currently developing a video based programme for clubs to help develop new umpires. 


He has a lot of experience in coaching umpires in a supportive manner and will bring this talent to our tournament.

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