Esteemed officials Darren Cann and Lee Betts dropped by Motspur Park today to give our academy lads a refereeing masterclass.
Cann has been involved in games of the highest order, including the World Cup and Champions League finals. The first game of note was the memorable 2006 FA Cup final between Liverpool and West Ham, before going on to be a mainstay official in the Premier League.
Betts has a wealth of experience as an assistant referee in the Premier League, making over 140 appearances in the top-flight over seven years.
The two gave our first-year scholars a mix of scenarios to tackle and a practical element to put their skills into practice.
Head of Education, Sean Cullen, stated the importance of the Under-18s learning all aspects of the game.
“The Laws of the Game Course is a great opportunity for our boys to develop their understanding of the game through a slightly different perspective." He told fulhamfc.com. "Having two world class referees, like Darren Cann and Lee Betts, come in and improve the lads’ wider knowledge of the game, through refereeing and officiating, has been a fantastic experience for our scholars.
“Darren and Lee’s enthusiasm for their profession has rubbed off on the scholars and it was great to see our lads tackling the practical part of the course with dedication and enthusiasm. Hopefully the course will help improve the boys’ decision making on the pitch and also make them more empathetic to the demands of being an elite referee.”