Ref recruitment a top priority
Published 24/12/2013 | 05:40
The recruitment of more referees will continue to be a top priority next year.
In his report to the Sligo GAA Convention, Referees' Administrator, Pat Conway, said he hoped to see a continuing develpment in the recruitment and training of referees.
He pointed out that over forty referees had completed the foundation course over the last number of years and twenty of these had gone on to referee at minor and senior level.
It was hoped that new recruits would continue to advance to refereeing at senior level in the coming years.
Students from across the country who are living and studying in Sligo had been invited to become actively invovled in refereeing in the county.
By getting students invovled at an early age, it allowed them to participate in refereeing 'Go Games' and Cumann na mBunscol within the county.
Similar efforts would be made in the coming year.
"We would hope to see more and more people getting involved in this side of the sport," said Mr. Conway.
"Next year, our recruitment will be to target older individuals, including retired players as well as students."
This year, fourteen trainee referees completed the basic Level 1 foundation course.
Most of these continued to participate in active refereeing and were eligible to referee up to minor level next year.
A number of these participants were specifically trained for hurling games.
Eight young referees took part in the Connacht Football Academy and refereed at both Sean Purcel under 14 and Dermot Earley under 15 inter-county blitz competitions during the year.