Attendees emphasized the importance of having both classroom and field sessions. According to David O’Neill, Alberta Soccer Manager of Referees, “classroom education is important, because it gives you the foundation. Field instruction is also crucial, as in terms of being a successful referee, they probably learn more on the field.”
For Sheena Dickson, “we had lots of fun in the classroom, and the field sessions could not have went any better. Referees were extremely receptive.”
Harsimrit (Sim) Lakhyan added that “attending a camp like this is a great way to further develop as a referee. It is a weekend where you focus on your craft, expand your tool kit, and receive high level practical education to support your career. The sport specific instructors coupled with psychology sessions and gym or and field sessions target multiple aspects of referee performance all in one weekend.”
This important initiative led by CDSRA will play an important role in building referee capacity in Calgary and Alberta, as professional soccer continues to grow in Canada.
Photo credit: CDSRA and SKP – Event Video & Photography