Football West is searching for the next generation of referees and coaches after receiving key funding from the State Government.
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries has provided $20,000 as part of its Young Sports Leaders program.
The money will go towards getting 125 people aged between 14 and 25 accredited in refereeing and coaching.
There will be 95 places available on the Smarter Than Smoking referee courses and 30 positions on the Smarter Than Smoking coaching program.
The spots available on the referee courses will be:
50 in the metro area
25 in the regions
20 for female applicants only
Those on the coaching courses are:
15 in the metro area
15 in the regional area
The Smarter Than Smoking referee courses are Level 4, which is entry level, and the first one takes place in Kalgoorlie this Saturday (May 5).
The other regional courses are in Karratha on May 13, Esperance on June 2, Geraldton on June 9 and Albany on June 17.
The three courses in the metro area will be at Gibbney Reserve in Maylands on June 2, June 16 and July 15.
Football West manager referees Eddie Lennie said the program would ensure the next crop of officials have the best start.
“There is a shortage of accredited referees in WA, especially in the regions and especially female referees, so this funding will give us a massive boost,” he said.
“It is an important partnership with the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and we’re very grateful for the funding.”
Both the referee and coaching courses are free of charge and will run on separate dates in any one town.
REFEREE APPLICATION FORM – Kalgoorlie May 5
REFEREE APPLICATION FORM – Karratha May 13
REFEREE APPLICATION FORM – Esperance June 2
REFEREE APPLICATION FORM – Geraldton June 9
REFEREE APPLICATION FORM – Albany June 17
REFEREE APPLICATION FORM – Metro June 2
REFEREE APPLICATION FORM – Metro June 16
REFEREE APPLICATION FORM – Metro July 15
COACHING APPLICATION FORM
Football West development officer Garry Church said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for enthusiastic youngsters to get involved in the coaching side of football.”
The Smarter Than Smoking coaching course is in three stages over the year. The first is Aldi MiniRoos, the second is skill training and the third is game training.
“In between each stage we will have a Football West mentor that goes to clubs to work with the young coaches and there will also be workshops where all the young coaches get together throughout the year to see what they have learned and to share experiences,” Church added.
“This will also be an opportunity to get feedback.
“We want people to go back to their clubs and put their new-found skills to good use coaching the junior players.”
The first coaching courses took place recently in Geraldton and Albany. The next will take place at Gibbney Reserve on June 9.
“People who put their hand up to referee or coach are the lifeblood of our sport and we want to encourage them and give them the best start possible and to ensure they stay in the game,” Lennie added.
“We see it as a reward for young people for being involved and the chance for them to put back into their community.”
Places are limited for both Smarter Than Smoking courses. People who would like to apply, please click above.