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Spalding Grammar School and Lincs FA combine again to offer successful referee course

Spalding Grammar School hosted the FA Basic Referees Course for the fourth successive year and 15 young candidates completed it.

The candidates were put through their paces by Lincolnshire FA referee tutors and the course was led by its referee development officer Michael Brader, along with experienced referee and trainer Rob Windle.

The course entailed a two-hour evening induction session, followed by a full weekend of theoretical and practical workshops in order to provide the young people with the knowledge and skills for refereeing, upon which they were assessed across the weekend.

Discussing decisions.
Discussing decisions.

As part of the wider qualification, the students will now complete five matches, once the coronavirus pandemic is over, before sitting the formal examination to fully qualify and begin officiating local matches.

The games they will officiate include some played in the Peterborough Junior Alliance League, meaning that teams in South Holland will benefit from this new influx of referees.

The school's vision is to “inspire, challenge and enrich”, so it was particularly pleasing that 10 of the candidates were grammar school students.

Those involved from Spalding Grammar were Year 10 students Muhib Akram, Jake Carles, Ryan Firth, Tads Mhere, Lucas Phillips and Henry Ward, and Year 11 students Ollie Bellamy, Jordan Duffy, Oliver Wilkinson and Jakub Zera.

The course should take place again next year.

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