A TOTAL of 23 student footballers and their coaches took part in Northumberland Football Association’s Respect programme.
And this was successfully followed with TyneMet students learning the first steps to becoming a referee.
The initiative was their first qualification in learning to officiate the game and hopefully will inspire more people to become referees.
The course was delivered by John Laws, from Northumberland FA, who works alongside Michael Oliver, one of England’s top young officials who takes charge at all levels of football including the Premier League.
John said: “It was refreshing to be invited to TyneMet College where the students were well behaved and interacted with a great interest in both courses.
“I was impressed that TyneMet, as a football development centre, were keen to increase their young people’s awareness and educate their players towards refereeing development.
“It was a great experience for all involved and a very nice environment where it is good to see Respect is at the forefront of their academic and footballing sporting studies.”