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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Fixtures for the 2016/17 Season

The fixtures list for 1st October - 10th December 2016 is now available on the appointments page.

Posted: 24 June 2016

Newent Summer League

The Newent Summer League starts on Monday 6 June and will run for 10 weeks. Matches start at 8.20pm and will be 30 minutes each way.

Anyone wishing to umpire should contact David Lillywhite at and confirm their availability for Mondays 6, 13, 20 and 27 June as soon as possible. The appointments for June will be circulated over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Posted: 19 May 2016

Gloucester Tournament

The annual Gloucester Tournament will be held on Sunday 24 July and anyone wishing to join the umpiring team should contact David Lillywhite at .

For those who have not been to the Tournament in previous years, it is usually pretty much an all day event and ends with a meal which is generously subsidised by Gloucester HC.

Posted: 19 May 2016

Rule change effective from 26th February 2016

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) recently announced changes to the Rules of Hockey, specifically rule 13.2 which relates to the taking of the attacking free hit within 5 metres of the attacking circle.

These changes came into effect in the international game on 16th February 2016. England Hockey has considered the implications of these changes from a number of perspectives and, in line with the desire for consistency in rules across the game, has decided to implement them at all levels of the 11-a-side game in England from Friday 26th February.

Further information and guidance has been uploaded to the England Hockey website »

Posted: 25 February 2016

2016 AGM

Advance notice that this will be on Monday 21st March at Cheltenham Civil Service Sports Club – 7:30 start. All members welcome and paperwork will be sent by email by the end of February. All the officers are willing to stand for re-election as are the Lay members except for Steve Burton who is stepping down. Nominations for this or any other post should be sent to the secretary, duly proposed and seconded, no later than 7th March.

Posted: 21 February 2016

Communication from EH Umpiring - Penalties for Dissent

There has been some recent confusion over what personal penalties (cards) and team penalties (free hit or PC) should be awarded for fouls and dissent by players in the 23m that they are defending. As a result, NPUA has contacted FIH for clarity and an agreed position with FIH has now been arrived at.

Read the NPUA guidance, which has the full backing of England Hockey.

Posted: 23 October 2015

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

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

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