Courses for referees

HAVE you ever thought of becoming a referee?

Well if you have, now is the time to stop thinking and instead set your mind on making 2012 the year that you become the ‘man or the woman in the middle’.

The Irish FA has just announced details of up and coming beginners’ classes.

Venues and times are as follows:

Irish FA, 20 Windsor Avenue, Belfast, BT9 6EG, Thursday evenings, 16 and 23 February, March 1 and 8, 7pm to 10pm.

Eddie Irvine Sports Centre, 41 Balloo Road, Bangor, BT19 7PG, Sundays, 19 and 26 February, 11am until 5pm.

Portadown FC, Shamrock Park, Portadown, Monday evenings, 27 February; 5, 12 and 19 March, 7pm to 10pm.

Bawnacre Leisure Centre,Irvinestown, Co Fermanagh, Tuesday evenings, 21 and 28 February, 6 and 13 March. 7pm to 10pm.

Richview Regeneration Centre, 337 Donegall Road, Belfast, BT12 6FQ, Sundays, 25 March and 1 April, 11am to 5pm.

The cost of the course is £50 which includes the referee registration fee for season 2011–2012, Laws of the Game book, and a referee starter pack. Cost of the course for students in full-time education is £30. Participants only need to register with the Referee Instructor on the first day of the course.

On completion of the course candidates will be eligible to referee at youth and junior levels in local football.

For further information email: referees@irishfa.com or call Alan Snoddy, Referee Development Officer, on 02890 669458.