Cayman Brac now has the youngest qualified soccer referee in the Cayman Islands, one of two to recently pass their Grade 3 certification.
With a written test Wednesday evening, fifteen-year old Michael Sanford and his father, Brac Sports Instructor Mitchum Sanford, completed the course. This consisted of eleven hours of instruction in the 17 laws of the game, with particular emphasis on of-side fouls, misconduct and restarting the game (direct free kick, indirect free-kick and dropped ball). The course was conducted by Fred Speirs, a qualified Referee Instructor and Assessor under English FA regulations. The pair both passed the test with very good grades said Speirs, the Education Officer for Science and IT, who has been staying on the island to help the Brac High School with the extra students from Grand Cayman. He said, ‘They now know the theory and are set to put this knowledge into practice.’
For Michael, this will be in January, when he tries out his new skills for the U14 Division Tournament in January.
Mitchum Sanford said he was very pleased Speirs was on the island to do this, and the sport on the Brac will greatly benefit from having two more qualified referees to assist with the soccer programme.