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Liskeard School & Community College was recently delighted to welcome premier league and world cup referees assistant Michael Mullarkey to the school. The visit was organised by a local Referee Sean Edge who delivered a Basic Course in Referee Training to six of our BTEC Sport Level 3 pupils. The course was done in addition to the BTEC Sport and provided valuable experience and a potential source of income. In addition it was an excellent opportunity to see our beloved sport through the eyes of a referee which as you can imagine is very different to that of a player.

Liskeard-School-Mike-MullarkeyTo complete the course in full the pupils had to complete six matches in collaboration with the PE Department. They refereed across all five year groups gaining experience and building relationships with pupils with whom they would usually come into contact. As a result the school rewarded their hard work by providing them with a referee’s kit to get them started on their journey…

In addition to this Sean organised a very special visit from a very special guest…World Cup Final assistant referee Mike Mullarkey. Mike is a Premier League official who has been involved in over 150 Premier League games as well as Champions League and Europa League games. Mike’s visit was a fantastic experience for all involved; Mr Lemin in particular was star stuck. He attempted to talk but in the end settled for a big smiling “Heeeeello Mike. Mike talked us through his quite remarkable career explaining its highs and lows. It’s fair to say that at every level Mike has either refereed or been an assistant. His determination, hard work and drive to be the best he can be, has enabled him to be regarded as one of the best assistant referees in the world.Liskeard-School-World-Cup-Medal

The entire process from organising and conducting the course, to completing six matches and to eventually meeting Mike has been fantastic. However, I have had a lot of help along the way. Thank you to Ms Pritchard for subsidising the initial cost of the course, to Ray Brown at the Cornwall Football Association for organising the course and helping with the costing, to Sean Edge for delivering the course free of charge and organising the visit of Mike Mullarkey, to Mike Mullarkey for providing a very inspirational talk to our aspiring referees but the biggest thanks of all must go to the boys that completed the course.

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Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
Luxstowe
Liskeard
Cornwall
PL14 3EA

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