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Peel Halton hosts match official fitness training

By Staff, 05/05/17, 12:45PM EDT


Attendees of training seeing 98% beep test success rate


Peel Halton Soccer Association (PHSA) recently successfully hosted fitness training sessions for its match officials to assist them in preparing for their upcoming fitness tests.

The turnout, once again, was great with an average of 15-20 referees attending each session. Two one-hour sessions were made available to match officials in the PHSA area for a period of 7 weeks.

“It’s great to see districts taking such an interest in developing their match officials,” said Nicky Pearson, Ontario Soccer Manager of Match Official Development. “The work districts like this are putting in are showing results and we’re building a stronger community together.” 

These sessions consisted of a warm-up using FIFA 11+ material, a practice run of the beep test to allow attendees to see their progress week to week, followed by interval training.

To date, 98 per cent of attendees have passed their beep test.

"These sessions were not only incredibly helpful in terms of fitness, but it also allowed an opportunity to connect with referees after a long winter break.  Having the opportunity to run a practice Beep Test ahead of time was crucial to experience the test without the pressure of being tested," said Stephanie Hiebert, District Match Official. "These training sessions helped give me the confidence to continue to train and work hard, and also helped get me back into shape to help me pass the actual fitness test."

Sessions were led by Melissa Snedden, Kim Lee and Richard Bowden. 

Find out more about Match Official Development