Whistle-blowers needed at Elgin City ground

THEY MAY NOT be the most popular participants in a football match from the local playing park to the national stadium – but without them the game quickly descends into chaos.

Quite why anyone would wish to do a thankless job that would rank alongside that of traffic warden is difficult for many to understand, but still there are those who love the fringe benefits of keeping fit and keeping in touch with our national game.

So, do you want to become a football referee in Moray and Banffshire?

According to the Moray and Banff referees association there are many that do – and there is no better time than the present as a recruitment night is being held this month in Elgin where prospective whistle-blowers are invited to explore the possibilities.

Following the recruitment evening at Elgin City Football Club on Thursday, October 29 there will be a one-week course starting on November 2 for those who wish to take things a step further.

A spokesman for the Association said: “The aim of the evening is to provide information on what the course entails and what the Association can provide in return. The course is open to anyone over the age of 16 and we are seeking referees of all abilities who may just want to referee local children’s football right through to those aiming to make it at the top in refereeing.

“Refereeing affords a great opportunity for people to get involved in all levels of football and is a great way of keeping fit and meeting new people.”

Anyone interested is encouraged to come along on the night – however, if you can’t make it on the evening they can contact the Association Secretary, Douglas Ross, on 01343 850474 or President Alan Proctor on 01343 550301 to register an interest.

Further details can also be found on the Moray and Banff Referees website at http://moraybanffreferee.co.uk