Whistle-stop visit by FA referee

Scott Mathieson, FA Referee with students Connor Malpus, Jack Mansfield, Sam Holtham, Connor Wheatcroft and Paul Kirkham, A Licensed Coach and Head Coach for Football Excellence at the Marple campus of Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College. Photo contributed.
Scott Mathieson, FA Referee with students Connor Malpus, Jack Mansfield, Sam Holtham, Connor Wheatcroft and Paul Kirkham, A Licensed Coach and Head Coach for Football Excellence at the Marple campus of Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College. Photo contributed.

A BIRCH Vale student rubbed shoulders with FA referee Scott Mathieson during his whistle stop visit to Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College.

Budding referee Jack Mansfield, 17, was among a group of students, all studying the FA’s Leadership Through Football qualification, to attend a question and answer session with Mathieson.

“Listening to Scott’s experiences was invaluable as I would also like to develop a career progressing up the refereeing ladder,” explained Jack, who is studying BTec Sport alongside the college’s Football Excellence course, which includes the FA qualification.

Ex-Stalybridge and Hyde United centre forward and A Licensed Coach Paul Kirkham, now Head Coach at the college’s Marple campus, said: “Leadership Through Football has been designed to be learner-centred and is made up of four units, one of which is refereeing so we were delighted that Scott agreed to share his knowledge and expertise with the students.

“Scott wowed the students and they were so intrigued to find out the most up to date information regarding a referee’s preparation and planning.

“The stories he told were superb and many students were exceptionally keen to keep in touch with him to further develop their refereeing skills, starting with junior football which also runs parallel with this course.”

Further information about the Football Excellence course is available on 0161 486 4602 or 0161 484 6602, or visit www.camsfc.ac.uk.