Match Officials on Wembley trail
Junior Match Officials took their first step towards a potential Wembley appearance this week when they officiated at the Carnegie Champion Schools North West Finals at Leigh Sports Village.
Ten officials were involved in the Years 7 and 11 Finals which proved some stern tests for all involved.
The Year 7 final controlled by Marcus Griffiths ended in a nail biting 8 all draw between Rainford of St Helens and St Peter’s of Wigan which was followed by the Y11 final refereed by Ian Scott which ended 30 nil to St Edmond Arrowsmith over William Beamont.
15 more match officials will get their opportunity next month when the remaining finals are played at Broughton Park Manchester.
Peter Brooke Match Officials Development Officer said: “Each year our junior officials continue to surpass our expectations and fight for a spot in the Wembley squad.
“The Carnegie Champion Schools Competition provides a unique opportunity rare in any sport for juniors to officiate at Wembley and picking this year’s squad going on these matches is going to be very, very tough.”
Selection to the finals squad is open to any Match Official under the age of 18 at the beginning of the school/ college year and forms an essential part of the junior match officials pathway.
Not only is there a Wembley appearance to fight for but the many earlier stages and regional finals, along with the local amateur leagues provide a clear pathway for any new aspiring official.
Anyonel who wishes to become a Match Official Should contact Peter Brooke on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07738 131790.
Officials in the photo are (from left to right) Nathan Lawrenson, Tara Jones, Marcus Griffiths and Michael Bannerman.