World Cup referee backs sessions


World Cup final referee Howard Webb joined South Yorkshire Police colleagues to promote free football training .

Howard – who refereed the 2010 football World Cup final between Spain and the Netherlands in South Africa – was on hand to promote the free sessions for youngsters in Thurnscoe, Barnsley, which are being run by Sport FX.

The initiative is in its third year and lessons will take place at Dearne Advanced Learning Centre in Goldthorpe, Rotherham, from Monday to Thursday, August 19 to 22, from 10am until 3pm.

Sessions are free and open to anyone in the area aged nine to 19.

Sessions will also take place on the same dates and times at Holy Trinity School, Carlton, Barnsley.

A grand final – refereed by Howard – will take place on Friday, August 30, at Holy Trinity School.

Sport FX is run by South Yorkshire Police, Barnsley Football Club and Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council.

Howard, a sergeant with South Yorkshire Police, said: “The Sports FX sessions offer a great opportunity for local children to enjoy free training sessions delivered by qualified coaches in a safe environment.

“We hope lots of young people take advantage of what’s being provided.

“I’m sure they’ll enjoy making friends, developing skills and having the chance to play competitive football.

“Who knows, we might uncover some Premier League stars of tomorrow, but the key aims of Sports FX are access to football for all and enjoyment.”