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Students from Irene McCormack Catholic College with Football West Manager Referees Eddie Lennie

WA referee numbers on the rise

Football West News

Referee numbers continue to grow across WA – with the latest Football West recruits “passing out” this week.

More than 40 Year 11 students from Lynwood Senior High School and Irene McCormack Catholic College are now accredited Level 4 officials after they successfully completed the course.

Football West Manager Referees Eddie Lennie said referee stocks in the State were in good health.

Lynwood High School students with Football West Manager Referees Eddie Lennie

“Our numbers continue to grow and by the end of the year we hope to have 500 accredited referees in the metro area and 100 regions,” Lennie said.

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“We are getting more people into refereeing at an early age, which is beneficial for all of us. They are now able to referee their school games and hopefully a number of them will go on and referee in the Football West Smarter Than Smoking Junior Leagues.”

There were 23 students from Lynwood SHS and 18 from Irene McCormack, and as well as continuing to hold programs in schools Football West is also running courses through the Department of Local Government, Sport and and Cultural Industries’ Young Sports Leaders initiative.

“More and more schools are getting involved and we are at John Curtin next week,” Lennie added. “And a lot of the places on the (DLGSCI) courses have been filled too.”

As well as the referee programs, Football West is holding regular assistant referee courses.

Football West Referee Development Officer Frank Moretti conducted the latest at Celebration Park, Balga.

It was attended by 10 people from the Northern Redbacks Women’s Soccer Club.