Kevin’s hard-CORE training

Glasgow Association ref Kevin Clancy went continental recently following his invitation to a prestigious UEFA training course.

Kevin, who has risen up the ranks in the past couple of years, attended the CORE course in Switzerland along with Specialist Assistant Referees Alan Mulvanny and Stuart Stevenson.  And Kevin was keen to share his experiences of the trip.

He said: “In contrast to the Introductory course I was on in March – which was more lecture and seminar based – much of the discussion groups during the week focussed on match clips of the referees on the course.  We had to submit footage from our domestic matches prior to arriving in Nyon, and there was further video analysis of our appointments whilst in Switzerland.”

The discussion groups were led by UEFA members David Ellerary – a former World Cup referee – and Jaap Uilenberg and covered such topics as advantage, disciplinary control and body language and Kevin felt they were a good way of promoting self-analysis and also for getting a feel of the differing styles of refereeing adopted elsewhere in Europe.

One of the highlights of the trip though was the opportunity to officiate at a Swiss Cup match, with Kevin, Alan and Stuart handling the clash between FC Malley and FC Rapperswil, which finished 2-1, with positive feedback from coach Gerard Perry, a former FIFA referee.

Kevin continued: “There was a strong focus on fitness during the course.  We were put through our paces on a daily basis.  This was combined with practical refereeing exercises which were recorded for later discussion and analysis.”

The course was rounded off with an official FIFA fitness test, while Kevin, Alan and Stuart were presented with a Diploma recognising their efforts, while the SFA will also receive feedback from UEFA on the trio.

Another positive is the possible assistance the course could make to our own up-and-coming whistlers, as there is a likelihood the UEFA coaching materials will be used as part of the SFA’s own development program.  And Kevin is also happy to pass on his own experiences to those developing in the Association.

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