The boot was on the other foot this week (Wednesday 29 April), when a group of multi-cultural football players became referees for a night.
Organised by Mid Ulster District Council in partnership with the IFA, the ‘Captains of Change’ referee programme brought together the Cookstown-based Migrants FC and Cookstown Youth FC, as well as two other teams playing locally and made up of players from Portugal and East Timor, to work with coaches and develop their understanding of the skills required to be the person on the pitch with the whistle.
Watching the action, Councillor Linda Dillon, Chair of the Council, said:
“Not only did the teams and players develop their soccer knowledge and skills, but they did so in an environment which recognised the diversity of our communities, reflected the multi-cultural nature of our society and supported integration.
“I have no doubt that the links now established between the clubs will continue and we’ll see more engagement both on and off the pitch”.
The ‘Captains of Change’ event took place at Mid Ulster Sports Arena, Cookstown, on Wednesday 29 April.