Two North Coast Referees selected in Inaugural Youth Referee Academy

November 28th, 2019

North Coast Football’s Liam Kalanj from Coffs Harbour and Luke Walker from Sawtell are two (2) of the fourteen (14) young referees who have been accepted into Northern NSW Football’s (NNSWF) inaugural Youth Referee Academy for season 2020.

NNSWF Senior Officer – Match Official Administration and Development, Brad Carlin said the formation of the Academy will allow young referees from all across all Northern NSW who have officiated at Talented Official Program (TOP) Camps and Champion of Champions Referee Development Camps to further their skills and fitness.

“The Academy will ultimately allow match officials who have shown promise, to transition into the NNSWF Referee State Talent Pool and put them in good stead for potential selection for the FFA National Championships for Youth and the National Talent Pool,” said Carlin.

During their 12 months in the Academy members will benefit from:

• Exclusive face-to-face education sessions with leading referees, assessors and instructors;

• Interactive web-based education and development sessions to help further build referee knowledge and skills, and

• Fitness training programs and testing that will allow young referees to strive for the fitness levels required by elite match officials.

Congratulations to all fourteen (14) young match officials for their selection, and for their recent performances at the Talented Official Program (TOP) Camps and Champion of Champions Referee Development Camps.

Liam Kalanj

Luke Walker

2020 NNSWF Youth Referee Academy Members:

• Zachary Ambrose (Elermore Vale, NNSWF)

• Joshua Attard (Tamworth, Northern Inland Football)

• Renaldo Caponecchia (Stockton, NNSWF)

• Caleb Coupe (Elermore Vale, NNSWF)

• Layton Farley (Kotara, NNSWF)

• Olivia Flannery (Murwillumbah, Football Far North Coast)

• Matthew Heathcote (Merewether, NNSWF)

Liam Kalanj (Coffs Harbour, North Coast Football)

• Joseph Morris (West Wallsend, NNSWF)

• Maxine Norris (Hamilton, NNSWF)

• Thomas Sainsbury (Georgetown, NNSWF)

• William Sawyer (Taree, Football Mid North Coast)

• Lachlan Smith (Tamworth, Northern Inland Football)

Luke Walker (Sawtell, North Coast Football)

Key NNSWF Youth Academy Team

Youth Referee Academy Head Coach – Jake Southward

Youth Referee Academy Assistant Coach – Brad Carlin

Youth Referee Academy Fitness Trainer – James Cleal

NNSWF is always looking for enthusiastic new referees to join their ranks. If you’re interested in becoming a referee for 2020 click here to find out how you can become a referee for just $100!

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