Cer­tifi­cate eases ref short­age

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

It’s never too late to fur­ther your ed­u­ca­tion in sport and that’s ex­actly the case for vet­eran soc­cer ref­eree Ron van de Molen.

He’s re­cently com­pleted a soc­cer ref­er­ee­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion to not only boost his skills in the sport, but also an­swer a call for more peo­ple to be­come qual­i­fied ref­er­ees.

A vol­un­teer soc­cer ref­eree of 10 years, van de Molen has re­cently gained his grade one ref­eree cer­tifi­cate, en­ti­tling him to con­trol col­lege and club football.

His qual­i­fi­ca­tion is also a huge boost for Waikato and Bay of Plenty re­gional soc­cer, as there is a crit­i­cal short­age of qual­i­fied ref­er­ees.

Mata­mata Swifts me­dia man­ager Dwayne Bar­low says a grad­ual but steady de­cline in the num­ber of ref­er­ees could soon be­come a cri­sis for lo­cal football.

Many se­nior and youth games could be with­out qual­i­fied match of­fi­cials.

‘‘The WaiBOP Football Fed­er­a­tion is aware of this prob­lem and is start­ing to ad­dress it through the Club Based Ref­eree (CBR) pro­gramme, where club mem­bers can take part in a ba­sic course which pro­vides them the knowl­edge to ref­eree lo­cal level football.

‘‘Also, all clubs are re­quired to have a CBR on hand for all se­nior men’s and women’s games and all youth games,’’ says Bar­low.

Although van de Molen didn’t start play­ing un­til after high school, he has moved from player, to side­line sup­porter, coach and now qual­i­fied ref­eree. He’s mainly ref­er­ee­ing Mata­mata Col­lege teams and the Chal­lenge Mata­mata Swifts Ladies.

Van de Molen says work­ing as a vol­un­teer ref­eree keeps him fit and in­volved in a sport he loves.

‘‘You have to be fairly af­fir­ma­tive in your deal­ings with peo­ple. You try to be as friendly as you can with them, but there’s a bot­tom line where what you say goes. If you have that ex­pec­ta­tion and show that, then there is very lit­tle ar­gu­ment on the field.’’

Van de Molen has plans to gain fur­ther ref­er­ee­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tions. He says in­creas­ing his qual­i­fi­ca­tions should mean im­prov­ing his per­for­mance on the field. and that’s some­thing he is al­ways keen to do’.

Ron van de Molen gained a ref­er­ee­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion, eas­ing a re­gional short­age of qual­i­fied soc­cer ref­er­ees.

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