Feb 20, 2014 Sports
The 4th Edition of the Scotiabank/Pepsi School Football Academy Phase 2 of the programme commenced on Tuesday 18th February 2014 with the Beginners Referee Course for students at the Carifesta Sports Complex, Carifesta Avenue, Thomas Lands.
Ten (10) students from four (4) schools were in attendance – Queen’s College (4), Lodge Secondary (2 – Male and Female), Christ Church Secondary (2) and Tutorial High (2).
The students were taken through the rudimentary of the Laws of the Game by FIFA & FA Accredited Referee Instructor – Lawrence Griffith and Head of Referees in Guyana – Roy Mc Arthur.
The 17 laws of the game were looked at with special emphasis being placed on Law 11 and Law 12 – referred to as the Technical Laws. The students appeared eager to learn with the instructors being riddled with questions on a regular basis. The topics which entertained the most questions were Offside, Fouls and Misconduct. Another topic which attracted much attention is the ball in and out of play specifically when a goal is scored and when the ball is on the touch line and goal line when it is in play and when it is out of play. Free Kick and Penalty Kick also involved much discussion.
The participants were privy to video clips on the Laws of the Game.
The objective of this Phase of the Programme, which is an initiative of the Guyana Sports Development Foundation Inc., is to prepare students for a career in Refereeing and also to assist them in their physical education programme.
The students will be officiating in the tournament as Assistant Referees and a few of them have indicated that they will be attending training session with the regular Referees at the Eve Leary Ground with much hope that they will one day become FIFA International Referees and even surpassing Dianne Ferreira James’ achievements.
This programme continued yesterday at the New Amsterdam Prisons Sports Club when the Berbice students got their chance. Today, Linden will have their turn at the Bayrock Sports Club.
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