About the courses
The majority (if not all) of the courses promoted on our website are run, either directly or indirectly, by the ECB Association of Cricket Officials (ECB ACO). The ECB ACO represents scorers and umpires for and on behalf of the national governing body, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
The ECB ACO is the membership organisation responsible for the recruitment, training and development of all cricket officials. They work at national, regional and local county level to maintain a direct link with each individual member.
One of these levels is the Hampshire Association of Cricket Officials (HACO), who administer the training, support and development for officials across the county. The association's aim is to recruit and retain umpires and scorers by providing a structured training programme.
This is done with the purpose of improving standards of officials and encouraging progression between grading levels to ensure there is a minimum number of umpires and scorers to support recreational cricket in the county.
As well as providing a fun and rewarding way to engage with the sport, training as an official is a great way to support the health of the game. You don't need any previous experience or qualifications - just a willingness to learn.
Whatever level you aspire to and whatever pace you wish to learn at, the programmes offered by the ECB ACO and HACO have a pathway for you.