The AFL Outer East is pleased to announce the appointment of Matthew Kent as the league’s new Director of Umpiring for season 2019. Kent, who played football for Port Melbourne and is the grandson of Herbert Kent, who held the record for most games boundary umpired in the VFL/AFL until only recently, will oversee all things Outer East Umpiring.
Matthew will be responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of the AFL’s National Umpire Plan which includes all umpiring across the AFL Outer East region, providing a pathway for umpires into the higher competition and the development of umpiring at community level.
Kent has himself umpired previously in the Essendon District Football League and the Victorian Amateur Football Association, and was the umpire coach with the AFL African Diversity Academy in 2017. He has also worked with the Department of Justice and numerous corporate Insurance companies.
Speaking about his appointment Kent said, “I’m excited to take up the role in an exciting time with the with the league evolving and becoming the AFL Outer East,”
“I look forward to developing a sustainable, positive and supportive pathway for all umpires, umpires coaches and umpiring mentors.”
Region General Manager Aaron Bailey was excited to announce Kent’s appointment as the Director of Umpiring for the league.
“Umpiring is a key area identified in our Future Direction of Football and Netball Document and the appointment of Matt a key step in a significant investment in the development of umpiring in the region. With the growth seen in the region over the past 24 months, it is vital we continue to build capacity and depth in all Umpiring disciplines and provide pathways for umpires at all levels.”
Kent will begin his new role November 7th.