|Adult or junior football?
I ref both adult and junior football and like doing both. It’s always great to see the young players loving their football; they just get on with playing and never give you any problems. I’ve have never had any trouble yet with the players mums and dads either. Adult football is a bit more intense and brings with it different challenges. I actually really enjoy the challenge each week and it requires a greater level of fitness. I’d rather ref a game of football than go for a seven mile run any day!
What's your favourite ground in the county?
I have to mention 2 grounds in this County. I love Fownhope. The pitch is always good even in the winter when most are suffering. The set up their and the rural setting is fantastic.
Secondly Kington Town. It has changed tremendously over the years. The changing rooms used to have a bath which all the players dived into together. The work done on the clubhouse has also made such a big difference.
What would you say to someone considering the referee course?
If you are considering reffing know what you are letting yourself in for. People who have played the game probably think they can just turn up and ref a match. There are a lot of minor details which need to be followed in most matches to make the game flow better and the Knowledge received from the courses and other experienced refs is vital as you progress. The referees course provides the perfect introduction to refereeing regardless of whether you've played before or not. I'd really recommend men or women of any age thinking about starting their referee career to give it a go.
What types of football have you refereed?
There is a real variety of forms of the game now and I have done a few. Mens football, all aspects of junior boys and girls football, six a side leagues, futsal, walking football and veterans football.
Refereeing is the perfect way to earn some extra money and keep fit whilst learning new skills. Our next course is taking place in October and costs just £80! After just 2 days you’ll be qualified and can start earning money. Anyone over the age of 14 can register to become a referee.
If you would like to know learn more about becoming a referee or would like to book your place on the next referees course please email our Referee Development Officer Sean Dipple.