It’s not too late to take up the whistle

It’s not too late to join our Referees’ Academy, a national referee hub with recognised status by the English Colleges Football Association (ECFA).

Barnsley Sports Academy works in conjunction with Barnsley and District Referee Association and Sheffield and Hallamshire County FA to develop an exclusive Refereeing Academy. The Academy offers a programme that provides young referees with an excellent opportunity to combine education and officiating.

The College is one of only a few colleges in England to be awarded national referee hub status, having built a reputation within the region for developing talented and committed young people into qualified referees.

Daniel Smith, a former student of the Referees’ Academy, said: “After attending a summer taster day, I immediately got myself booked onto a basic refereeing course at the College. I thoroughly enjoyed it, passing both the practical and written exams at the first attempt.

“The referee academy and the College has helped me develop real life skills, such as conflict management, people management, body language and communicating effectively and decision making. These have given me the building blocks I needed to advance my working career as well as my refereeing career.”

Luke Forgione, a Performance and Athlete Development Coordinator at Barnsley College, added: “We’ve had a strong Referees’ Academy for a number of years now. Lots of our ex-students are now refereeing at a high level and looking to get into refereeing at a professional level. We want to build on this to develop the academy further and are hoping to see a lot of great new talent enrol.”


Last updated: 23rd March 2018

Originally posted on: 22nd March 2018