In a boost for referee development, Football Queensland (FQ) has announced an innovative new Schools Referee Program to educate students to become match officials.
“The Schools Referee Program will grow referee numbers across the state as schools sign up to host a Level 4 Introductory Course for students,” said FQ CEO Robert Cavallucci.
“This program aligns with FQ’s Strategic Plan target to develop new schools programs and improve coach and referee development opportunities in an accessible way. Students will learn how to become a referee within their school environment, gaining a new qualification and the opportunity to earn money while embarking on a rewarding career path.
“Students have the opportunity to become part of the FQ referee family, gaining access to valuable resources such as education materials, video analysis tools and mentoring by senior FQ referees.
“Football Queensland is confident the Schools Referee Program will help cultivate the next generation of referees to officiate matches at community football or in our elite competitions.”
FQ State Referee Manager Jacqui Hurford said the Schools Referee Program will provide numerous benefits for schools and students.
“The aim of this program is to help the schools become self-sufficient in match officials, which will ultimately drive down their costs. Boosting the number of student referees will address the shortage of match officials available for school games, particularly during school hours,” said Hurford.
“Student referees exhibit improved confidence, self-discipline and a sense of responsibility, developing leadership skills as well as problem solving and conflict resolution.”
All registered first-year referees will receive a registration pack that includes a referee uniform, whistle, flag and cards. FQ will also provide schools with marketing collateral to promote the course to students, and deliver the program at a time that best suits the school.