JKUAT Sports Department and Kenya Football Federation (FKF) have jointly organized a five-day soccer refereeing training seminar that will run between May 27–31, 2019, to offer basic training skills to students, staff and community youths who are desirous to develop and horn their football referring skills.
The participants are set to be trained on various theoretical and practical techniques of soccer refereeing such as running, positioning, whistling, signals, flag techniques and physical fitness among others.
According to JKUAT Sports and Games Director, Dr. Waweru Kamaku, the training, a first of its kind at the University, will sensitize and build capacity of the youth on refereeing as a rewarding profession. He also said it is the University’s Corporate Social Responsibility to give back to the community.
“This training will help in talent identification for youths under 25 years and will foster cohesion among the students and the community at large,” said Dr. Kamaku.
He encouraged the participants to grab the rare opportunity further observing that the best performers will be granted an opportunity to work under FKF in the ongoing regional league and FKF sanctioned tournaments.
Football Federation of Kenya, Chairman, Aberdare region, Mr. Davis Chege, said the training was in line with FKF policy in developing football in the country as many referees would be trained and it will be instrumental in addressing the shortage of workforce. He called upon the participants to shun bad company saying it would derail their ambition of being top notch referees in the near future.
With the youth bearing the brunt of scarce job opportunities in Kenya, Mr. Chege observed that the training would open the scarcely exploited profession in Kenya.
The Kenya Football Referees Association (KEFORA) Secretary, Mr. Paul Gathirua, underscored the significance of such trainings saying the forum would promote integrity and quality refereeing in the country.
Grace Njoki, a participant, said the training would help her enhance her knowledge and understanding of the game even better as well as increase her chances of employment.