With the development of the Highland Academy Community League there has been a drive to get volunteers interested in officiating the 21 games that will take place next season. With young people from the Wildcats Positive Life Pathways programme showing interest along with ex-players keen to take on the role to give back to the game, the league is looking in great shape for each game to be officiated by two to three officials.
Youth Development Officer for Positive Life Pathways, who is task with providing training opportunities for young people in the area, has been working with Martin Cockerill – who is on the BAFA board and involved with training American football referees – to establish a training programme for the young volunteers interested in getting involved in officiating as well as the older ex-players wishing to come back and volunteer in the role.
Paulin commented, “With the help from Martin Cockerill, we now have established a date for the training course. This training will not only allow us to run the Community League next year but the personal benefit, especially for our young volunteers, will be great! The level of responsibility that you have when you officiate a game will help to build conference and leadership skills. I’m also really pleased to see so many of our older ex-players coming back and willing to give up their time to help develop youth players in this way.”
Martin Cockerill added, “I’m really looking forward to delivering the course and assisting the development and growth of officiating skills for the Highland Academy Community League. The development work being done by the academy and Positive Life Pathways are giving excellent life skills to the young people of the Inverness area. I’m very interested in the development of the Highland Academy Community League and delighted to be able to help.”
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