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Rookie referees

Thursday 14th March 2013

In a football session run at Horn Park recently, young people were given the chance to take on more responsibility as they had to referee the matches being played.

As part of a programme titled ‘You’re the Ref’, young people took it in turn to play the part of referee, overseeing games lasting from 10-15 minutes, during which they had to apply the laws on the game to the best of their ability.

Trust coaches gave assistance where needed, but those playing in the matches had to accept the decisions given by the rookie referees.

At the end of the session each referee was given a score out of 10 for their performance and prizes will be handed out at the next session to the top 3 who impressed the most. The overall winner will be credited with a trophy at the end of the current term, depending on their performances throughout the coming few weeks.

Trust coach, Michael Griffiths, said, ‘You’re the Ref has given the students confidence and responsibility and it has empowered them in a positive way. Their knowledge and understanding of the game has also improved.’

Paul, aged 14, took part in the session, ‘It gave me a sense of power and authority and I even sent some off. I now know more of the rules because if I made a wrong decision I was corrected at the end of the match. I want to do a refereeing course when I am older.’

‘I referee at home with my uncles in the garden and this is better than what I do there,’ added Louie, aged 9.