Gangtok, Dec 14
A five-day-long football referee clinic is underway here at Paljor Stadium. Nineteen participants have been undergoing through rigorous theories and practical sessions under the Instructor, Supriya Bhattacharya, who has been deputed by the All India Football Federation for the course.
The course, which is being organized by Sikkim Football Association, was started on 10 December. The theory classes have been going on at Football House in the morning, which has been followed by practical sessions at Paljor Stadium. The course has 17 participants from different parts of the State and one each from Kalimpong and Darjeeling.
Speaking to media persons during a practical session at Paljor Stadium this afternoon, AIFF Instructor, Mr Bhattacharya mentioned that the course has all aspiring referees who do not have any prior referring experiences. He mentioned that the course has been imparting training on the proper officiating and positioning with the help of theory and practical sessions.
The last day of the course will have a fitness test for participants at Khel Gaon in Reshithang on Saturday morning, which will be followed by the final test on the laws of the game in the afternoon.
After the five-day long course, Mr Bhattacharya will submit his report to the AIFF and accordingly the AIFF will include the selected referees in category V, it is informed.
He mentioned that there were many footballers from the northeastern and hilly region but new referees have not been coming from this region expect for few from Manipur who have already served in the senior levels. “So, we want to bring out good referees from this region as there is much potential in the region to give good referees to the country,” he said. He stated that the ongoing referee clinic has many good participants who have good knowledge of the laws of the game and were very fit and can do better in the refereeing.
The valedictory session of the referee clinic will be held tomorrow afternoon.