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Playing cricket isn’t for everyone. The beauty of this game and a cricket club itself, is that with so many different areas, there is almost certainly something for everyone. There are over 600,000 people playing cricket at over 8000 clubs in the UK. Hosting a cricket match takes a lot of effort, as does playing. Equally officiating is hard work and sometimes we forget what an important job the cricket officials do.
For both Scorers and Umpires there are clear pathways through from beginner to first class level, depending on your aspirations. As with playing and coaching there are many areas that you can find guidance. More and more schools now offer the chance for students, to not only play, but learn about, and gain qualifications in officiating with the Young Official courses.
Officiating in cricket can open a number of doors and present some incredible opportunities. You will meet a number of fascinating people and may get the chance to travel the globe.
The Association of Cricket Officials (ACO) function via a Governing Board and work through the regions to the county boards who have the direct link with each individual member. Whatever the level you are looking for, our association will involve and represent you and it is then up to you which courses you take and how fast or slow you choose to progress. ACO operate as an independent association with the wholehearted support of the ECB.
“If you just wish to umpire at your son’s school or score for your local village team, you are as vital to the game and to us as any first class or county official, and so we welcome you warmly and wholeheartedly.”
A simple clear mission - to develop competent umpires and scorers to control and guide cricket matches at every level 'From Playground to Test Arena'
The strength of history and dedication - we build on the decades of work and success that previous organisations have established and we welcome their supporters both as members and also as executives of the ACO
Our guarantee of effort on your behalf - working through the regions to each county board, so that you are supported and represented by them so that your individual voice and views can be expressed to them and heard by us
Your desire - to want to be involved, to make a difference, to add to the enjoyment of the playing of the game
The commitment from us of an established and efficient 'pathway' - to enable you to progress at whatever pace you prefer and to whatever level you wish
Our mutual success - if you are good at what you do and have the respect of the players and your colleagues, then we too have succeeded by getting you there.
Playing cricket isn’t for everyone. The beauty of this game and a cricket club itself, is that with so many different areas, there is almost certainly something for everyone. There are over 600,000 people playing cricket at over 8000 clubs in the UK. Hosting and a cricket match and preparing a wicket takes a lot of effort, as does playing. Equally officiating is hard work and sometimes we forget what an important job the cricket officials and groundmen do.