The first edition of the Betway sponsored SAFA Referee’s course officially kicked off on Monday, 27 September.
The leading sports betting company is currently rolling out its first ever SAFA referee’s course, in partnership with the Midrand Local Football Association at the Rabie Ridge Stadium.
The five-day course is in full swing and sees a total of 30 participants consisting of 27 female referees honing their match officiating skills, thanks to Betway’s ongoing endeavours of developing community sport.
Targeted at referees plying their trade in the amateur structures of South African football, the SAFA Level 3 referee’s course focuses on all 17 Laws of the game which are the foundation of football officiating.
Highly respected professional referee, Abel Maphutha has joined the course as an instructor fresh from his professional match officiating duties over the weekend and is amongst some of the more notable match officials that the participants are set to benefit from.
Speaking from the venue, Midrand LFA Secretary, Siyabulela Loyilane who was one of the attendees at the #BetwayCares Sports Administration course earlier this year, said the course is of great benefit to the growth of the game in the LFA and would also fast track the referee’s chances of becoming professional referees.
“We have had a wonderful start to the programme and it is showing great signs of improvement as we progress further into the course. Thanks to this partnership and support from Betway, the Midrand Local Football Association is upskilling amateur referees with a course that will empower them, and in turn improve the standard of officiating in our respective leagues. What is also important to note is how these referees will become one step closer to becoming professional referees,” said Loyilane.
The Betway-sponsored course continues until today, with seasoned match official, Zakhele Siwela having shared his experience of the game with the aspiring officials on Thursday.