In October, Blackpool FC Community Trust managed to secure funding to put young people qparticipating in Premier League Kicks sessions onto the basic referee qualification course. The course was run by the Lancashire Football Association and is the first step on the ladder to becoming a referee.
The young people chosen to take part in the course were selected because of their willingness to referee in a volunteer capacity at our Premier League Kicks sessions. One of the aims of Premier League Kicks is to give young people access to coaching and refereeing qualifications. This was the second batch of Kicks participants aged 14 or over to be put forward for the course, which was held over two days at Palatine Sports College, hopefully with more to follow.
All of the participants successfully completed the first part of the course which was held in the classroom and on the sports field. The young people earned themselves great praise from the LFA tutors, and now they need to officiate at six local league games to become fully qualified referees.
This course was the first of many courses available, with further courses including the FA Level One Football Coaching Certificate and further Basic Lancashire FA Referee courses being made available for Premier League Kicks participants throughout 2013.