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14 students complete their Football Referee Award

14 students complete their Football Referee Award

14/14 for the Axholme Academy students!

From September, 14 students from The Axholme Academy have worked with The Lincolnshire FA to complete their Football Referee Award. This has involved completing a Safeguarding children award, 6 football matches under assessment, as well as a practical and theory exam. All 14 students achieved this with a 100% record.

The Referees have been working closely with the Jack Kalson League to complete their 6 training games, which have taken place on a Saturday and Sunday.

Carrie Dodge (staff member from The Axholme Academy) organised the course so that students could use this new skill as part of their Duke of Edinburgh award. The course was more popular than expected. Miss Dodge says, “The course has helped the students learn more than just rules about the game, I believe the students have learnt new personal skills such as communication, organisational and leadership which will help them in their future, as well as earn a bit of money for their officiating. I am extremely proud of all of the students for their commitment, hard work and dedication to learning.”

Once the students turn 16, they can progress up the ladder of officiating football and maybe one day appear on the board of Premier League referees.

The Academy hope to continue to run this course and open it to all students once they turn 14 years of age.