You can train to be a ref

PEOPLE are being given the chance to kick start a new interest by training to be a football referee.

Hartlepool Borough Council’s sport and recreation service, in partnership with Durham Football Association (FA), is running a two-day course for men and women aged 14 and over.

It will take place over two full days on April 21 and 22, at Grayfields Sports Pavilion in Hartlepool.

Participants will also be required to attend an induction evening at Grayfields on Tuesday, April 10, from 6pm to 7.30pm.

The course covers a number of modules including a pre-course booklet and DVD on the laws of the game to be studied prior to the course, a Criminal Records Bureau check, attending a safeguarding children workshop, attendance at the referee training course, completion of six 11-a-side matches and attendance at a subsequent training evening.

The course costs £95 for ages 16 and over and £70 for under 16s, including the FA CRB check and the annual referee affiliation fee.

Places are limited to 20 and must be booked in advance.

Daniel Garthwaite, the council’s assistant recreation officer, said: “We do a lot of work with local football groups and clubs and from that it has become clear that there is a very limited number of qualified referees in Hartlepool.

“This is an excellent opportunity for local clubs to have their own qualified referee, but I would urge them not to delay as there is a limited number of places which are being allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.”

For more information or to book a place, contact Mark Smith, at Durham FA, on (0191) 3872929 or email: