Rules of the game

NRHNBE111026c2, Aldercar and Langley Mill young peoplesactivity scheme at Aldercar school. Graham Belcher of the derbyshire county FA referee course. Kieran Plummer, Frazer Hicklin, Graham Belcher, Simon Page, Thomas Pursglove and Oliver Riley.
NRHNBE111026c2, Aldercar and Langley Mill young peoplesactivity scheme at Aldercar school. Graham Belcher of the derbyshire county FA referee course. Kieran Plummer, Frazer Hicklin, Graham Belcher, Simon Page, Thomas Pursglove and Oliver Riley.

children learned how to blow the whistle on their friends with a refereeing course at Aldercar Language School.

The course was part of a day-long multi-sports event, held last Wednesday, for children aged between 14 and 18 and was led by Graham Belcher from Derbyshire FA.

Coach Lee Albrighton said: “It gives them the authority to ref in school games – to step in if the real ref doesn’t turn up. It teaches them the basic rules, like offside and throw-ins. Everybody passed and they all got on really well.”

The pupils watched situations on a DVD and were then asked to make red or yellow card decisions. There were also games of football, tennis and basketball.