WAFC’s umpiring department “Umpiring WA” has received a boost approaching the 2019 season, entering an exclusive community umpiring apparel partnership with XBlades for the next three years.
The official community umpiring apparel partnership will give all Umpires in Western Australia online ordering access to their very own on and off field exclusive apparel range.
WAFC State Umpiring Manager David Crute sees the newly formed partnership as a great move forward for umpiring in Western Australia.
“We are excited to add XBlades as our official community umpiring apparel partner for the next three seasons,” Crute said.
“To have a leading exercise apparel company supplying our WA Umpires enhances our professionalism at a community level.”
“The ability to order exclusively online gives our WA Umpires easy access to a range of different clothing options and will also see umpiring benefit through a rebate program.”
XBlades Chief Executive Leighton Richards said XBlades was thrilled to be partnering with Umpiring WA.
“We’re proud to provide all WA based Umpires with an immediate solution for their apparel and we’re looking forward to working closely with the WA umpiring community and their leadership team to develop the high-quality products they need to excel,” said Richards.
"XBlades is all about combining athlete experience with scientific expertise to create durable, high performing apparel for long term success.
“XBlades products and technology will evolve with the game and we will strategically leverage our new networks to challenge the frontiers of innovation.
“We have been working with Umpiring WA over the last few months to bring major product developments across fabrics and design for apparel ready for 2019. The partnership is all based around being Umpire Led, Product Driven.
“To kick off the partnership we have put together a ‘’Before The Bounce” training pack offer. This offer is available to every junior and senior community Umpire in WA at a significantly reduced cost.”
The launch of the XBlades online apparel website will be going ‘’live’’ in coming weeks. Further communication to follow.
WAFL Umpires will continue to wear Burley Sekem as their match-day apparel in 2019.