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Refereeing Course at NPL Football Academy (Witton Albion)

Course description

On completion of year two, students will also undertake the basic refereeing course which will provide an introduction to the laws of the game as well as developing the practical skills required to be a football referee.

 

The course is run over 5 modules including the completion of 6 matches as a trainee referee, two of which should be observed by a referee coach. The course can either be predominantly theory or practically based dependant on venue and can be run over a weekend or several sessions again depending on resources.

Course content

Module 1- Introduction

This module will introduce some key aspects in the following:
- Laws of the Game
- The role of the Referee
- Consider the skills require to control a game of football

Module 2- Practical Element

Practical elements of the course will provide an introduction to:
- Warming up and cooling down activities
- Positioning & movement at both set pieces & in open play
- Managing game situations
- Signals & communication techniques
- FA Safeguarding Children workshop (included in the course programme)

Module 3 - Examination

Both a multiple choice examination paper and a practical on field assessment are used to establish theory & practical knowledge.
- Written element - both theoretical & practical courses
- Theory DVD - used in mainly theory based courses
- Practical on field assessment for use on practical based courses.

Module 4 – Refereeing


- 6 games are used to establish both the knowledge as well as the practicalities of refereeing.
- 2 of the games are observed by a referee mentor who offers immediate feedback and development points.

Module 5 - The next Steps

A 3 hour workshop designed to reflect on a trainee referees first experiences of refereeing and to offer development pointers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact NPL Football Academy (Witton Albion) directly.

Last updated date: 17 July 2015
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    • In the 1880’s the district of Witton, situated in the mid-Cheshire salt town of Northwich, had several different teams using the name 'Witton' as a prefix. The name Witton Albion itself can be traced back to a match played on October 26th 1887. No record of any matches has been found for 1889 and as such 1890 had long been regarded as the year when the current club was actually formed.

      Albion’s first ground was adjacent to the Parish Church Vicarage. In 1897 they moved to Magdala Place near the Station Bridge. 1910 saw them move, paying the princely sum of £15 per annum, to a new ground adjacent to the Victoria Saw Mills just off Witton Street. July 1920 saw the club buy the ground outright for £750. Renamed appropriately the Central Ground, this was to be their home until 1989, when a Sainsbury’s Supermarket was developed on the site.

      The club then bought a 14 acre site off Chapel Street, Wincham and had the then very impressive Wincham Park stadium built. To secure the club’s future, much of the surrounding land was sold off, nevertheless it remains amongst the better non-league grounds in the country.