SFA looks for new referees

The SCOTTISH Football Association has started a recruitment drive throughout the Aberdeenshire area, in a bid to encourage more people to take up refereeing.

The Association has already recruited a number of former players the ranks of its referees recently, including Graeme Jack, Kenny Taylor and Martin Fowler. Now, in a fresh bid to attract more people into donning the black jersey, Aberdeen and District SFA Referees are organising a training course, with the aim of bringing through new referees who would be available to start at the beginning of the new football season in August.

Although all-comers are welcome, the Association is particularly keen to encourage players at the end of their careers in Juvenile, Amateur or Welfare levels to consider taking up the whistle. Association Manager Sandy Roy said “We have been impressed by the progress made by the ex-players who have joined our recent classes and feel that there is a significant number out there who could make a valuable contribution to our group. We’d like them to contact us in time to join this course.”

Courses start from Monday 6 June in the Malt Mill Lounge, Holburn Street, Aberdeen at 7pm, and consist of 8 sessions, each lasting 2 hours, followed by written and oral examinations and a practical session. The course fee of £45 includes membership of the Association, as well as registration with the SFA until the end of season 2011/12.

Interested parties should contact course instructor Roddy Cobb on 07769 636400 or roddycobb@sky.com. Further details are available on the Association website www.aberdeenanddistrictreferees.co.uk