Tweed United have implemented a new procedure to develop the up and coming young referees within their club.
The club approached 18 year old Tye Gleeson to mentor a referee program to rebuild and bring the best out of the referee numbers at the club.
With a number of referees moving on to other jobs, the club needed to find and nurture referees aged between 12 and 15.
“We were low on referees last year and having to get coaches to referee some Miniroos games. With Tye now co-ordinating the referees, it has resulted in a massive shift and a growing numbers of referees within our club,” said club president Mark Thelwall.
Majority of the referees involved within the club are players themselves. The club have seen that it has helped their young players because they are able to see both sides of the game.
“The togetherness that we have brought together within the club and our referees has brought many benefits. We are working on building a culture and presence within our club based referees,” said Thelwall.
The club has a plan for the next step to integrate their referees with Football Gold Coast.
“We plan on working with Referee Development Officer Craig O’Neill and the program to increase the numbers within referees on the Coast. We feel as a club we have a moral obligation to provide and feed the chain of referees,” said Thelwall.