The HGWHUA provides a network of like-minded umpires, who can offer you fixtures within three counties. We can support your application of the changing rules and interpretations within the game and help those who wish to move towards WEST umpiring appointments. We are also there for a chat and drink in the bar after the game and perhaps even the occasional social gathering!

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New Rules

There is an excellent online presentation on the new rules that can be found at:


This has been written by Hamish Jamson who umpired at the 2012 Olympics, 2014 World Cup and will be umpiring in the European Championships later this month.

Posted: 07 August 2015

Presentations and Gathering 26 Jul 15

As a few members had gathered to umpire at the Gloucester Summer Tournament on Sunday 26 Jul we were able to make an overdue presentation. The item concerned was the Chris Tomlinson Award, which was first presented at the AGM in March this year to our longstanding Hon Appts Sec Steve Court.

He was not able to make the AGM but we caught up with him at the tournament and the presentation was duly made, all present where captured in the picture making sure he had not disappeared for a crafty cigarette. We have now been able to source a smaller similar item for the recipient to keep whilst the original larger one (it is a very large whistle) can be passed around the award winners each year.

After the tournament had finished those staying went to the Wheatstone pub to enjoy the hospitality offered by Gloucester Hockey Club. Here we ate a hearty meal and were duly entertained by Mr John Nash to some of his many hockey anecdotes, Chris Tomlinson even had to adjust his hearing aid a few times such was the merriment.

For those of you who do not know, our Mr Nash is becoming the Lewis Hamilton of the “old folks buggy”. Here is a photo showing what he gets up to on his chosen mode of transport, and yes, it was parked inside the pub during the meal!!!!!

Posted: 03 August 2015

Level 1 Umpire Course

A Level 1 Umpire Course has been arranged for Sunday 11 October at Balcarras School, East End Road, Charlton Kings, Cheltenham running from 9.00am to 4.30pm.

Places on the course can be booked online (currently page 2). The deadline for booking places is Wednesday 30th September or until the course is full if this is sooner. Places are first come first served and only secure when booked and paid for online.

Posted: 11 July 2015

Gloucester Summer Tournament

This will take place on Sunday 26 July at Oxstalls Tennis Centre (Plock Court) starting at approximately 9am and finishing about 5pm.

Anyone wishing to umpire should contact as soon as possible please.

Posted: 29 June 2015

Newent Summer League - First Appointments

Appointments for the Newent Summer League fixtures on 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th June have now been made and can be seen on the Appointments page.

Posted: 06 June 2015

Pre-Season Meeting

A date for your diary - Tuesday 8th September at Cheltenham Civil Service Sports Club. The E.G.M. will start at 7:30 followed by, at 8:00, guest speakers when one of the main discussions will be the new rules. Definitely not to be missed!

Posted: 29 May 2015

Guidance on the new Rules of Hockey

England Hockey have issued this guidance on the new rules that will be in place from 1st July 2015. Very interesting reading.

Rule Changes Guidance

Updated: 29 May 2015

Newent Summer League

The Newent Summer League will run from Monday 8 June for 10 weeks ending on Monday 10 August. Matches will start at 8pm and will be a full 35 minutes each way.

It is anticipated that the new rules will be used and therefore this is an excellent opportunity to have a go with them before the season proper starts next September.

Anyone wishing to be considered for appointments should contact me with their availability for Mondays 8, 15, 22 and 29 June at davidlillywhite@hotmail.com by Monday 25 May and I will circulate the June appointments as soon as possible after that date.

If you are not available for any of the dates in June but would like to be considered for later matches please also get in touch so I can include you on future availability requests.

David Lillywhite

Posted: 10 May 2015

Implementation of the new Rules of Hockey

England Hockey have now provided information as to the new rule changes. Please take a look at the England Hockey News Page to read all about it.

HGWHUA will be holding a pre-season meeting on Tuesday 8th September at Cheltenham Civil Service Sports Club when these will be discussed so an early date for the diary.

Further details will be provided nearer the time.

Posted: 06 April 2015

Rules of Hockey

In recent weeks FIH has announced some changes to the Rules of Hockey with effect from 1st January 2015. However, England Hockey have stated these changes will NOT be implemented in the regional domestic leagues mid-season so it’s carry on as normal for the rest of the season. As soon as we have more information it will be posted on the website.

Posted: 30 December 2014

West Kickstart Initiative

West Hockey Umpires in conjunction with several County Hockey Associations and County Hockey Umpire Associations have jointly funded an initiative to develop umpiring at all levels across the West by offering a financial incentive for over 150 aspiring umpires to complete the EH Level 1 Umpire course, but to then umpire away from their own club before becoming a Level 1 assessed Umpire. After further consultation, the details of the initiative have now been amended and can be viewed by clicking the document below.

All enquiries to Graham Woolcock, the Kickstart Administrator.

Kickstart FAQs and Application Form

Updated: 19 November 2014

Posted: 19 November 2014