As many as 57 promising young Football NSW referees went through their paces at the recent 2023 Bathurst Cup tournament as the tournament served up as a pre cursor to the commencement of the season.
In what was a mammoth weekend of football action at Proctor Park in scorching thirty-plus degree heat, as many as 250 matches took place across two-days in late January, with referees from Sydney, Albury, Wagga, Shoalhaven, Central Coast and Bathurst playing a pivotal role in the running of these games.
There were also 21 referee coaches from the National Premier Leagues as well as the A-Leagues watching on, giving the next generation of officials tips and pointers as this Cup also acted as a pre-season training camp.
“Tournaments like these are the best way to work and build relationships with the referees that they will be side by side with for the rest of their careers,” said Football NSW Referee Education Coordinator Nick Young.
“‘Everyone was willing and keen to learn and take on board the coaching advice given to them.
“These type of pre-season tournaments set up referees fantastically for the season to come.”
Over 65 referees are now preparing for the next pre-season tournament in Bathurst with the Proctor Park Challenge scheduled for the 11th and 12th February.