FOOTBALL: Grant for young referees

Some of the young refereees with Cllr Jerry Roodhouse
Some of the young refereees with Cllr Jerry Roodhouse

Rugby Town JFC train 14 youngsters to officiate mini-soccer games

The Warwickshire County Council Rugby Town East Councillors Jerry Roodhouse and Richard Dodd have given Rugby Town JFC £1,000 from their Councillor Grant Fund.

The grant was used to train five girls and nine boys as referees to officiate at mini-soccer games. The course was spread over three sessions with the basics of refereeing taught and then a final assessment.

Jerry Roodhouse joined the candidates on their assessment evening and was pleased to see young people getting involved in sport.

Mike Iland, committee member and organiser of the course, said Rugby Town like to develop their young people and provide them with confidence as they go on in life.

“We would like to thank Jerry and Richard for their support on this scheme which has benefited so many,” he said. “The course was for girls and boys who want to learn more about the game and help younger players enjoy their football at Rugby Town Juniors.”

Marc Coulson, one of the U7 Managers who has benefited from the scheme, said: “Coaches have a lot to do on match days and it was becoming a burden. Since this scheme was introduced by the club it is fantastic that I can now coach the team and not worry about refereeing the game. It’s a brilliant idea by the club and great for the boys and girls who do it.”

Jerry Roodhouse and Richard Dodd said: “We are glad RTJFC chose to do this as it is just the sort of community funding that helps support young people in activities.”