Top referee Andre Marriner was certainly kept busy when he visited Peterborough last week.
The FIFA and Barclays Premiership ref was the special guest at the Peterborough Referees Association Young Referees Day and he spent the morning visiting Marshfields School and King’s School to conduct ‘mini-whistler’ sessions and then answered pupils’ questions.
In the afternoon he refereed a sixth form match between King’s and Jack Hunt aided by Harry Johnston, Simon Bell and Sarah Grundy. King’s won 1-0.
The final session of the day was at The Fleet where a record audience of 150 young referees and parents were placed into workshops with a final presentation given by Marriner himself.
Certificates were presented to referees who had been successful on recent courses and special awards were presented to Tom Beeton, the association’s Referee of the Season and Mark Grundy, the Young Referee of the Season.
Dave Bryan from Stamford also received a memento in recognition of 20 years top-flight officiating (19 seasons in the Premiership and one season in the Football League) and for supporting his fellow local referees.
Peterborough Referees Association continues to go from strength to strength with a growth in membership.
The next meeting of the association is Thursday December 4 at 7.30pm at Bushfield Leisure Centre and more details of the association can be found on facebook - Peterborough Referees Association.