Teacher’s top marks

Matt Adams - WAFFL Umpire
Matt Adams - WAFFL Umpire

But Baldivis Senior College health and physical education teacher Matt Adams eagerly throws himself into both roles, combining his teaching career with umpiring WA Football League games.

‘Both have their pros and cons, but I think out on the footy field there is one target and that’s what they play for, whereas in a classroom setting the kids can work off each other and try to distract you from the main goal of teaching them,’ he said.

‘I think it is easier umpiring football because they want to be there and they’re all motivated to get the ball, but both are fun.

‘In terms of communicating to players and students, the cross links are remarkable.

‘Teaching skills can be taken on to the field and what you learn on the field can be related back to the classroom.

‘The two go hand-in-hand, it helps me to relate to what they do out of school and it is an awesome relationship builder because I can talk to the kids about their footy on the weekend, how their team went and what happened.’

The 23-year-old has officiated as a field umpire in the WAFL since 2008, progressing from Colts to league football, where he has now taken charge of about 40 matches.

He has also recently been elevated to the AFL umpires rookie list.

‘I’ve sat as an emergency umpire at WA-based games, and hopefully I will get to trial with the AFL at the end of the year,’ he said.

‘My ambitions are to get a WAFL grand final, progress to an AFL umpire and umpire as many games as I can for as long as I can.’