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Ref boost for Peel should bring greater respect

Football West News

Referee numbers in Peel received a welcome boost this week.

Nine youngsters from the Peel Junior Soccer Association took part in the latest Football West Level 4 Referee Course at Singleton – and, according to Football West Referee Development Officer Frank Moretti, “they all came through with flying colours”.

The participants were also part of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries’ Young Sports Leaders program.

Football West has also allocated a Referee Coach to attend games and offer coaching on match day.

“It was really successful, especially as we now have two more female referees,” Moretti said of the Smarter Than Smoking program.

The PJSA, which has 800 players, now has 90% of its referees with a Level 4 entry level certificate and one training for his Level 2.

Association vice-president Helen Norman said the new influx of accredited officials, who are aged between 14 and 20, was a big fillip for the local football scene.

“This is fantastic, we are very excited. It will make a big difference and should help give the referees the respect they deserve from players and spectators,” she said.

“It can be quite intimidating for young people to go out and referee in front of two rows of parents and other sepctators. Now theywill  see our referees are accredited and have done the course – unlike most of them.

“And not only will it see our referees get better with the technical stuff but it will give them more confidence.”

Football West will conduct a Smarter Than Smoking Club Assistant Referee course at Singleton on Thursday, May 24, from 6.30pm. Anybody interested in getting involved is welcome to attend.

For more information on how to get involved in the Young Sports Leaders program CLICK HERE