Graduates of the SQA Referee Development Award at Bannerman High School showed off their new skills today in front of Category One and FIFA referee Steven McLean and the Sky Sports News cameras.
The Glasgow school is one of 11 in Scotland currently teaching the new qualification, which covers the Laws of the Game and practical refereeing, with a further eight schools signed up to begin in August.
Sixth year student Grant Kennedy is now contemplating a career in refereeing after earning the qualification.
He said: “Initially, a few of us thought it would be something that we would enjoy and decided to give it a go.
“It was something new and different and we learned so much from the course but it has grown into more than just an interest.
“Steven McLean was here today and had a chat with a few of us about a career in refereeing. He was like us when he was our age and gave us lots of encouragement to keep the refereeing going and see where it takes us.
“It keeps you fit and healthy and gives you a sense of discipline. It’s also a great way to stay involved in football.
“Everyone wanted to pass the exam and worked really hard throughout the course, which shows just how much we enjoyed it.”
Steven McLean said: “It’s great to see the students enjoying the course and hopefully it will lead to some of them taking up refereeing as a hobby or a career.
“The course will help the pupils to stay fit, develop their football knowledge, and improve their oral and written communication skills through speaking to players and managers and report writing.
“I was really impressed by the refereeing skills of the pupils at Bannerman High School and some of them could go on to have fantastic careers in the game.”
The pupils that attained the award, backed by Specsavers, are: Grant Kennedy, Stephen Gillen, Jordan Rennie, Kris Kellie, Callum Nolan, Graeme Rooney, Gary Storrie, Stephen Bronsky, Andy Quaill, Alexander Bennie and Johnny Boyd.
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