Students see life from the referee’s standpoint
Students at a Darlington Academy are being encouraged to learn about sport from the referee’s viewpoint.
As part of the Junior Athlete Education Programme at St Aidan‘s Church of England Academy, gifted and talented PE students have been taking part in a programme of sessions in coaching, umpiring and refereeing in sports including football and basketball.
Principal Alison Appleyard said: “I am delighted to see the work that our PE staff are doing to teach our students about the role of the referee in sport.
“On too many occasions we see world sport blighted by a lack of respect for referees and umpires so it is important that we teach our students to respect them.
“Students here at St Aidan’s may go on to enjoy sporting success on the national and international stage and I would hope that when they do they show respect for the men and women who referee their matches. It’s part of the Academy’s respect agenda and one we take seriously.”
The Academy, which is in Hundens Lane, has also taken delivery of its first trampolines as part of its campaign to wider the number of sports available to to its students. Their arrival is part of the Academy‘s Junior Athlete Education Programme, which encourages students to take part in different sports.