South Yorkshire World Cup referee set to engage youngsters

Howard Webb with PCSO Craig Butcher at one of the Horizon Sessions.
Howard Webb with PCSO Craig Butcher at one of the Horizon Sessions.

A football World Cup referee is set to inspire South Yorkshire youngsters when he gives a talk at a college to raise money for a sports activity scheme

Howard Webb will be giving a talk and answering questions at Horizon Community College, Barnsley, as part of the SportFX South Yorkshire football coaching initiative.

The scheme, set up by Howard and South Yorkshire Police and the Sheffield and Hallamshire County FA, aims to engage with youngsters.

In the initiative FA coaches and police community support officers hold coaching sessions across schools to engage youngsters aged 10 to 17 who might otherwise be led into a life of crime.

Children play football for three hours every week and engage with police.

Howard is set to talk about the experience of refereeing the 2010 World Cup final, what happened in Poland during the 2008 European Football Championships, and about his roots in Rotherham and South Yorkshire.

A SportFX spokesman said: “After only eight months, SportFX South Yorkshire initiative is proud to be holding football coaching sessions across nine schools.

“The project is helping about a thousand young people aged 10 to 17 on a weekly basis, providing engagement opportunity with the youngsters, playing football and building relationships between them and police.

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