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Local ref Daniel becomes referee mascot

Blackburn Rovers Community Trust continued its scheme of providing a young local referee an unrivalled day of shadowing the matchday officials

21 February 2019

Blackburn Rovers Community Trust continued its scheme of providing a young local referee an unrivalled day of shadowing the matchday officials.

Last Sunday, lucky referee Daniel Parker was the referee mascot for the lunchtime clash with Middlesbrough.

Taking charge of the match was Darren Bond, and he and his team walked Daniel through the pre-match instructions, tested the goal line technology and go through all the preparations that an EFL referee has to do on game day.

Daniel won't be accused of being a referee who has never played the game, as he currently plays for Kirkham Juniors Football Club at the U16s level.

"In June 2018 I qualified as a referee through the basic referees course at the Lancashire Football Association," the youngster said.

"During last summer I ran the line for the Catforth Summer League. I'm currently refereeing on a Saturday on the Poulton and District Primary League which run on a Saturday and I also referee Fleetwood Town Academy's fixtures on a Sunday morning.

"It's an incredible opportunity for local referees to see and gain valuable experience in what a professional referee does on their matchday."


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