Referee’s Academy

A wonderful opportunity for young people to develop their leadership skills, whilst feeling a sense of self confidence and pride. The excellent training from South Coast Sports has enabled our Referees to run lunchtime football matches without a glitch!Rebecca Holden, Fishbourne Primary School
“A highly successful project, that children are keen to get involved in, they look forward to being old enough to become the school’s next referee’s.”Carolyn Brigg, PE Co-Ordinator, Westbourne Primary School

Most disputes during breaktime and lunchtimes are caused by Football, or rather the conflicts that arise within the course of a game. Many children find it difficult to control their behaviour and emotions when the game doesn’t go their way. Further problems are often caused when goalscorers or players from the winning side are less than gracious in victory, winding other children up and bragging.
Westbourne Primary School, on the Sussex/Hampshire border decided enough was enough, and they began piloting a new scheme to tackle this issue in partnership with SCS. Children in school Year 4/5 were offered the chance to apply to join the Referee’s Academy the course consisted of both practical and classroom sessions and was a great success.
Since then we have offered this course in other schools and we have seen some great outcomes with those taking part, such as –
A marked decrease in playtime confrontations, an increased understanding of the Laws of the Game, a better attitude towards opponents and officials and a dramatic reduction in problems resulting from football coming back into the classroom.

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