Six new referees have passed an examination clearing the way for them to officiate during the new football season.
Two examiners from Aberdeen oversaw written and practical exams for the candidates who had been coached by Shetland Referees Group and the Shetland Football Association. Local referee Steven Goodlad had led the tuition and all six candidates passed.
During a long weekend they covered the 17 laws of the game and much more besides. Work now starts to get them ready for the coming season where they will help cover games at all levels in Shetland football.
The Shetland referees are part of the Scottish Football Association’s Aberdeen & District Group, of which former top official Sandy Roy is association manager.
Mr Roy said: “The examination results confirm the high standard of tuition provided by Steven Goodlad and I am delighted to welcome these six new referees into the membership.
“Hopefully this is the start of a greater working relationship between the Shetland Football Association, the referees and the Scottish Football Association’s North Region, with football in Shetland the ultimate winner.”
Shetland Football Association secretary Brydon Robertson said the candidates’ success was down to the efforts of the local referees, who in their own time coached the candidates.
Anyone interested in becoming a referee should contact Mr Goodlad on (01595) 694854.