The Badminton Umpires Association of England was founded in 1952 and was the first international organisation to co-ordinate badminton umpires anywhere in the World.
At that time all umpiring was organised on an individual event basis and there was no common terminology, technique or presentation by umpires. The standardisation of umpiring became a prime objective of the new Association, along with a desire to improve the standard of umpiring. The 'Recommendations to Court Officials' that are now appended to the Laws of Badminton are a direct result of the achievements of our Association.
The BUAofE remains a voluntary organisation and is administered entirely by a committee of volunteers, from amongst the umpires in England. The Officers consist of a President and Vice-President, who both have non-executive roles, a Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Honorary Treasurer. The remainder of the management committee consists of a nominee from Badminton England, a nominee from the Badminton Line Judges Association of England, the seven regional secretaries and eight other members elected by the AGM. To help the work of the Association, 4 Sub-Committees steer issues of Selection, Finance, Training and Technical matters.