This week we are speaking to local referees from across the county as part of the new Respect the Ref campaign which aims to increase the respect referees receive when officiating. Meet Paul Minns.
Why did you become a referee?
I started refereeing because my children started playing without a referee so I got involved to try and help.
What does your life involve away from referring?
I worked in NHS for 35 years and I’m now retired due to ill health but I love all forms of football and try to referee as much as I can.
How long have you been a referee?
I have been refereeing for 21 years.
What league(s) do you referee in?
Trelawny, Kernow Youth Leagues, Ladies, Veterans and disability football.
What do you feel is the best thing about refereeing/what do you enjoy about refereeing?
I love to help out local teams to enjoy the game.
What are the toughest moments for you when refereeing?
The abuse referees get, I was punched about 8 years ago when refereeing.
What has being a referee given you?
At the moment a reason to keep me motivated and fighting my cancer treatment.
If you are interested in finding more about the Respect the Ref campaign, please click here and for more information on how to start your refereeing journey please contact firstname.lastname@example.org