Dean Margetts in action at AFL level.

Umpiring is Everyone's Business

To support the 'Umpiring is Everyone's Business' campaign, AFL Umpire Dean Margetts has spent his weekend break during the AFL split-round umpiring a game of Under 17s football in the Demons District in Western Australia.  

View the Ten News (WA) video of the event 

Dean originally began umpiring with the Demons District Football Umpires Association (DDFUA) before he progressed through to the AFL panel.

The DDFUA is based in the southeast metropolitan area of Western Australia and covers an area extending from South Perth to Gosnells.

Dean returned to grass-roots football as part of the Demons District’s major contribution to the Umpiring is Everyone’s Business campaign. The core philosophy of this campaign is that umpiring is everyone's business- whether you are a coach, player, parent, administrator, support, we all have a role to play in creating positive match day environments.

Dean umpired the Gosnells v Kenwick match Sutherlands C, Gosnells on Sunday, 27th June.  This unique event demonstrated the AFL’s commitment to grass-roots football and local football’s obligation to ensuring that Umpiring is Everyone’s Business.

DDFUA President Daniel Gibbons was delighted with the event stating “it was truly a great day for football in the community.  This promotional activity showed that grass-roots football values the role of the umpire in the game and that the Demons District has taken strong steps to ensure that the abuse of umpires is no longer tolerated."

View the full report outlining the success of the event.

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