Legendary former Premier League referee Jarnail Singh says the new premium CORE
Sky Sports reported the news The Football Association was planning to recruit and retain 1,000 new referees from diverse ethnic backgrounds in the next three years to radically change popular football culture as part of a new refereeing strategy.
now, Sky Sports News It can be revealed that Professional Game Match Officials Ltd (PGMOL) – the body responsible for appointing match referees in the elite game – will work in partnership with the FA on the CORE
PGMOL launched its Elite Refereeing Development Plan in 2022 – with increasing diverse representation and helping officials from under-represented backgrounds break into the top levels of the game – identified as one of its key strategic objectives.
Prospective candidates for the CORE .
Those who successfully apply will receive technical support and tailored training programs – on things like fitness, nutrition and sports psychology – to prepare them for the rigors of the professional game and to help moving forward in refereeing.
Singh, who is the first and only Sikh referee to wear a turban in the history of the English Football League, said Sky Sports News: “This is undoubtedly a timely boost to diversity in refereeing, providing a stronger development pathway for aspiring match referees from diverse ethnic backgrounds.
“Collaboration is key to making progress when it comes to improving representation in football, not just refereeing.
“This is a good example of this with PGMOL and the FA teaming up once again for the greater good and trying to expand the pool of talented match referees with potential.”
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