Cambridgeshire FA are delighted to announce that they will be hosting a Norwegian Football Federation (NFF) NORCORE Pre-Season Training Camp in April.
The NFF are visiting Cambridgeshire with twelve Centre of Refereeing Excellence (NORCORE) Officials for a 6 day period, from Thursday 11th April 2019 to Tuesday 16th April 2019 where members of their group will officiate on a number of fixtures in the Cambridgeshire County League, Cambridgeshire Women’s & Girls League, Eastern Region Women’s Football League and East Midlands Women’s Regional Football League as well as the Cambridge United v Chelsea U15 fixture on Monday 15th April at Cambridge United’s Abbey Stadium. During their stay they will also complete numerous indoor and outdoor training sessions at Cambridgeshire FA Headquarters in Impington.
The NFF have arranged flights and hotel accommodation in Impington for six male and six female referees. All twelve officials have been carefully selected from a rigorous application process, and range from Level 4 equivalents to level 6 equivalents. They will be accompanied by NFF Oslo Referee Development Manager, Martin Hayes and 3 NORCORE coaches
James Campbell, The FA’s Central Regional CORE Coach, said: “Having been involved with providing officials for Norway Cup since 2003, I am delighted Cambridgeshire FA and the local football community will welcome 12 of the top refereeing prospects from Oslo. The past few years has seen an evolution of refereeing in Norway with the NFF leading the way in their referee development programmes. This week should prove these young referees more experience to take back home for the start of their football season. I have every confidence this will be an excellent week for all involved.”
Sam Anderson, Cambs FA Referee Development Officer, added: “This is hopefully the start of a strong relationship between Cambridgeshire FA and the Norwegian Football Federation, and will hopefully remain a staple event in our yearly Referee Development Programme. As well as the opportunity for the Norwegian FF to visit Cambridgeshire each year, there will also be the opportunity for Cambridgeshire to visit Norway in a similar capacity. As well as the obvious opportunity for development of our referees, it also allows us to work collaboratively on projects as well as gain new insights into how Referee Development varies in different countries to hopefully continue to develop our workforce.”