From left: BFA General Secretary Edwyn Wood, Referees' Instructor Trevor Taylor, President of the Secondary Schools' Football League Wren Ramsay and Referees' Manager Mark "Bob" Forde with the 28 young referees who completed the BFA's Schools’ Referee Development Program.
General Secretary of the Barbados Football Association (BFA) Edwyn Wood is imploring all young referees to always give of their best selves and to always be ready.
He made the comment during the graduation ceremony of the BFA Schools’ Referee Development Program this morning at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium, where 28 referees received their certificates of completion at the end of the five-week-long course.
“I am proud to see this program has come to fruition. We’ve had quite a few management meetings with the intention of tapping into schools. I’m glad to see that we’ve had 28 secondary school students taking part in what I have referred to as a pretty tedious referee’s recruitment program.
“I will urge you all to be ready. At any given time the referee’s instructor, or whoever is in charge of assignments, may be calling you all guys to do a game, even if it is last minute. Just make sure you are always ready and up for the task. Carry yourselves with discipline and good deportment. Always look the part because a referee is pretty much an adjudicator, and is somebody who should be well respected throughout,” he said.
Meanwhile, President of the Secondary Schools’ Football League, Wren Ramsay, said he hoped that each one of the participants would continue with the craft of refereeing.
“It gives me a sense of pride to see so many of you display a keen interest in football and especially in the craft of refereeing. We are hoping to see some of these faces on the field of play very soon in our own schools’ competition and hopefully in the Barbados Football Association’s Youth Competitions as well.
“I hope you will continue in the craft of refereeing and take it to the highest level. I’ve actually had a chance to see some of you officiating at the Scotiabank Concacaf NextPlay Cup that was recently concluded, and what we’ve seen so far gives us hope for the future.
“Special thanks to the Referees’ Department of the Barbados Football Association, for giving these young people the opportunity to learn something new and contribute to the sport through refereeing. I am hoping that this will be the first of many courses for school-aged persons to be able to enter the craft of refereeing,” he said.