Curtis Opticians eye up Umpires’ partnership

The North West Cricket Union would like to welcome Curtis Opticians as one of our valued partners as sponsors of the North West Umpires Association.


Founded in 1928, Curtis Opticians are the leading opticians in the North West with branches in Derry and Dungiven. Run by brothers, Ian and Paul Curtis, they are keen supporters of local sport and are committed to helping grow cricket in the region.


As a key strategic area, the NWCU have worked closely with the NW Umpires Association in the off season to help increase umpire numbers and strengthen the umpiring pathway. As part of this commitment to umpiring in the North West, the NWCU has invested over £3k in financial support for the Umpires Association this season including:

  • New umpire kit for all NWCU&SA members including the 33 Stage 1 and Stage 2 umpires plus 2 boundary assessors
  • Course fees and insurance costs for all newly qualified umpires
  • Additional All-Ireland insurance to ensure umpires can continue to officiate in both NI and Republic of Ireland


General Manager Peter McCartney said that it was a tremendous asset to have an established, local family-run business involved with the NWCU.

“It’s fantastic to have the support of Paul and Ian Curtis, who’s family business is so well known in the city. This new sponsorship has allowed to offer more support towards umpires and help develop new umpires within the Union. It was encouraging to see the new Stage 1 and Stage 2 umpires qualifying this season and in particular our 5 new female umpires. 

The investment by the NWCU is also an opportunity to support our current umpires and we hope some will follow in the footsteps of the likes Roly Black, our international umpire. Both the NWCU and the Umpires Association worked in partnership over the winter months on areas such as training, insurance, female umpires and disciplinary procedures. We will continue to work together throughout the season and provide whatever help we can to the Association.”


The North West Cricket Umpires & Scorers Association are kindly sponsored by – Curtis Opticians 

Curtis Opticians was established in 1928 by H P Curtis, a former jeweller. The business was continued by his 3 sons Harold, Noel and Derek and now today the third generation of the Curtis family, Derek’s two sons Paul and Ian Curtis continue to offer the highest quality eye care around!

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