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London FA support referees courses

London FA Referees Course
Females in London are getting the opportunity to become qualified referees thanks to a female only referee course that has been organised in the capital.

London FA are running a course at Southfields Community College, 333 Merton Road, Wandsworth, SW18 5JU which will be taking place on Saturday 12th & 19th September 2009.

Emma Barnes, Women & Girls Development Officer for South London said “It is great to be able to offer females an alternative way to get involved in football, and it’s also a good way for coaches and players to expand their knowledge’’

This course links in well with the Female Officials Programme which was launched in November 2008 in conjunction with Arsenal Centre of Excellence. Any referees that show potential from the course will be put forward to take part in this programme which provides mentoring from experienced referees and the opportunity to officiate within the Arsenal Centre of Excellence programme. As part of this programme there are quarterly Female Referee Groups where female referees at any level can attend to get advice and take part in workshops and listen to different speakers.

Emma also adds, ‘’It is really key that we can now offer female referees support from the word go, and that there are opportunities for them to develop with their refereeing at all levels’’

Anyone interested in attending the course or finding out more about the Female Officials Programme should contact Emma at emma.barnes@londonfa.com or 07921 050375

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