Last month, twelve (12) newly qualified Walking Football Referees were trained up by Manchester FA's Referee Development Officer, Tom Elliott. The course itself was a joint initiative with the Tameside Striders.
Manchester FA's Recreational Football Development Officer, Sarah Venning said the sessions came about after a number of different consultations with walking football teams in the Greater Manchester area;
"Walking Football is hugely popular in Greater Manchester, in fact we have more sessions in Greater Manchester than anywhere else in the UK. One area we found that teams really felt they needed assistance with was refereeing, whether that be understanding the laws of the game, finding referees to oversee fixtures or just knowing that there are rules.
"We hope that these twelve referees will be able to take their training back to their sessions and start upskilling people within."
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Further details of additional courses will follow at a later date. Courses are capped at 12 participants.