A new year - how about a new challenge as a ref?

The New Year always brings something new for everyone.

However, for the local Branch of Scottish FA Referees – Aberdeen & District - the start of 2016 will still show a shortage of qualified referees.

Faced with the prospect of matches at lower League levels, particularly at the younger age groups, being cancelled due to no qualified referee being available, the branch is keen to attract new blood to its ranks.

With that in mind, an Introductory Referee Course has been scheduled for later this month, with a view to having a greatly strengthened pool of referees for the annual onslaught of midweek fixtures commencing in April.

The course, which will start on Wednesday, January 13, will be held in Grammar FPs Sports Centre, 86 Queens Road, Aberdeen from 7pm to 9pm,

It will continue for a further seven weeks, culminating in an electronic test of the knowledge gained.

There will be an in-depth study of the Laws of the Game and a couple of practical sessions.

Successful candidates will be able to start actively refereeing by the beginning of April.

The course fee, including all class materials and a year’s membership of Scottish FA Referees – Aberdeen & District, will be £45.

Interested? Then contact the course instructor, Roddy Cobb, on 01224 729610 / 07769 636400 or at roddycobb@sky.com