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Major Sponsor Monash University continues to strengthen its community connection with grassroots football in Melbourne’s south-east.

In its second year sponsoring South Metro Junior Football League (SMJFL), its member clubs, and its 11,000+ participants, Monash is set to recognise young leaders for their contribution to teams, clubs and their community.

In 2018, five ‘Leaders of the Month’ will be awarded across the season, with an ultimate Leadership Award winner announced in September at the annual Presentation Night.

Congratulations must go to Nick Ritchie who has been recognised for his contribution to the community as an SMJFL Umpire and active member of the SMJFL Umpire Academy.

Named the second Monash University ‘Leader of the Month’ for 2018, Nick was nominated by Umpire Academy Manager Cam Watts for his leadership on and off the field.

Cam commends Nick’s efforts throughout the season so far,

“He regularly helps out at training when the coaches needs an extra set of hands. He has shown tremendous dedication, care and leadership as an experienced umpire this year and always wants to do more for the league.”

Additionally, he has also taken on some extra roles to help novice and intermediate umpires improve their skills and confidence.

“Nick is only 16 and is umpiring at the top age group himself, but he is also performing well in the lower age groups mentoring our new novice umpires.” said Cam.

Nick is known among all umpires due to building a solid rapport with the younger novice and intermediate umpires through his voluntary mentoring. He is described as accomplished, driven and a future leader of the SMJFL.

Nick was excited to be recognised for this award and encouraged everyone to get involved in their local sporting communities. He said of his mentoring role;

“I love being apart of the community and helping out. I’m always looking to do something to help others.”

If you’d like to recognise a young leader speak to your club to have them nominated today!