Dubbo Football Referees get a boost with ongoing partnership

A VITAL ROLE: The development of referees can often be overlooked, but without them there would be no game. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE
A VITAL ROLE: The development of referees can often be overlooked, but without them there would be no game. Photo: BELINDA SOOLE

A partnership which helped boost Dubbo referee numbers by 30 per cent in 2017 will be continued for another year, Dubbo Football Referees has announced.

The partnership with McDonald's Dubbo and Wellington aims to attract new referees, and develop the skills of existing members.

Dubbo Football Referees currently has 45 active referees for at both junior and senior levels.

In June, the organisation had a leading A-league referee and Football NSW (FNSW) referees manager Kris Griffith-Jones visit Dubbo to conduct a level two referees course.

The visit included extra training for the referee’s branch members and local football clubs.

“Because of the level two referees course, Dubbo Football Referees have had two referees successfully complete their level two referees qualification after travelling to Sydney to complete their required training, this being the highest-level referee in Dubbo,” president Mark Green said.

“Thanks to the support of our local McDonald’s sponsor … it has been made possible for us to attract new referees while adding extra training for our existing referees.”

Local McDonald's store owner Gary Barraclough said he was delighted to be able to support the ongoing development of local referees and looks forward to a long relationship with this vital part of the game.

For more information about becoming a referee, either at junior or senior level, contact the branch secretary via email kim.mark69@bigpond.com or call 0427 260 089.