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Thursday, 24th April, 2014

Cristal Mining will sponsor the AFL umpiring department, with uniforms to bear the company names as modelled by on field officials Heath Coombs and Dean Clarke. Cristal Mining will sponsor the AFL umpiring department, with uniforms to bear the company names as modelled by on field officials Heath Coombs and Dean Clarke.

By Ethan James

AFL Broken Hill has announced a three-year sponsorship agreement with Cristal Mining that will see the company’s logo feature on umpiring uniforms. 

AFLBH was delighted that the business had committed to assisting the local umpiring department for an extended period of time. 

“Our umpires now have the Cristal logo added to their uniform and signage will be created outside the umpires’ room,” AFLBH Chairman Peter Nash said. 

“In addition, we will have funding available for training aids and educational material,” he said.

“All new junior aged umpires can be fitted without needing to fund the uniform which may also assist in attracting new umpires.”

Cristal confirmed their support this week according to Mr Nash.

The company has a national presence with operations at the Ginkgo and Snapper mines located in the Murray Basin in Eastern Australia and Wonnerup mine located in Western Australia.

“We strive to be a model and leading corporate citizen by maintaining sustainably, protecting the environment and giving back to the communities in which we work,” Mineral Separation Plant Manager Clayton Trengove said.

Mr Nash said support for umpires was crucial in fostering the growth of the sport.

“Locally we are committed, through our Board Umpire representatives Jan Corey and Shane Chapman, to do all we can to recruit new umpires and to provide them with the resources to make a career out of umpiring,” he said.

“AFLBH provides umpires for all grades from Under 13s, so young or inexperienced umpires can be mentored by older umpires and eased into the demands of senior football umpiring.

“Boundary umpiring is also a great way for teenagers to earn some finance and improve their fitness.”

Enquires about joining the umpires group should be directed to Mr Chapman on 0417 269 214 or at training on Mondays at the Jubilee Oval from 5pm.

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