The Catch them Young policy is one of the the policies the president of Ghana Football Association, Kurt E. S Okraku earmarked to change the game in the country. It is designed to annex potentials in young talents as far as refereeing is concerned.
The GFA President said young talents between 13 and 16 years would be identified, educated and trained to officiate Juvenile matches in within their regions. He added that all districts in the 10 regions would benefit from the policy.
According to him, all the needed values in Refereeing must be instill in the young ones so they can develop to meet international standards.
“If we want good referees who can compete with the best in the world at male and female competitions, then it is important to identify and start training them at an early stage“.
“We want to comb every corner of the country to find boys and girls with a passion for refereeing and add value to them”, he emphasized.
The Referees manager of the Ghana Football Association, Mr Alex Kortey also said during the launch that as part of the policy, GFA will establish Center of Refereeing Excellence (CORE) at the Technical Center in Prampram and online platforms which will help educate the grassroot Referees.
“Catch Them Young Referees are persons trained and qualified to officiate competitive, small-sided or recreational youth matches and amateur matches”.
“The Grassroots Referee course will be split into two parts: one online and the other in-person instructed by the GFA/RFA Refereeing Department”, the Ex FIFA/CAF referee explained.
In attendance of the event were some of the GFA Executive Council members such Habiba Attah, Samuel Anim Addo, Kingsley Osei Bonsu and Nana Safo Oduro as well as the President of the Referees Association of Ghana(RAG), retired referee Justice Yeboah, Vice Chairman of the Referees Committee Michael Oti Adjei and young refereeing prospect Christopher Okpoti, who is the face of the policy.
Credit : MUMUNI ABDUL-MUMINn