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Professional referee helps out at Albion in the Community tournament

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Players at an Albion in the Community tournament (AITC) for Premier League Kicks participants were given the chance to quiz a professional referee.

Tim Robinson, who referees at Championship level, attended the tournament, which involved teams from AITC’s free football sessions in Whitehawk, Moulsecoomb and Haywards Heath.

He was also joined by Chris Foy, a former Premier League referee who now works for the Professional Game Match Officials Limited.

Together they took part in a question and answer session with the young players, discussing the challenges of officiating at the top levels of the game, explaining the hard work that goes into preparing for a big match, and sharing stories from their careers in football.

Once the football got underway, Tim helped AITC coaches referee some of the matches – including the final – before presenting medals to the winning team.

Prizes were also given to the players who have shown the best attitude during the tournament.

Speaking after the event, which took place in Brighton this afternoon, Tim said: “I really enjoyed coming down and finding out about Premier League Kicks and the other work being done by Albion in the Community.

“It was also good to see so many young people playing football and I was really impressed by their attitude and effort.”

Martin Schooley, AITC’s inclusion manager, added: “It was brilliant to welcome Tim and Chris to today’s session and give our players an insight into what it is like to be a referee.

“For them to be able to say they were refereed by a professional referee is also great, so our thanks to Tim and Chris for giving up their time.”

Premier League Kicks is one of the Premier League’s flagship community programmes and is currently celebrating its 10th anniversary. The aim of the programme is to use football to build stronger communities and here in Sussex AITC currently runs around 40 different sessions. These were attended by more than 2,00 young people over the last 12 months.

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