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RT @GedGrebby: Busy week for #ShowRacismTheRedCard: events at @NFFC @LaticsOfficial @SouthamptonFC @SunderlandAFC and National Football Musโ€ฆ

๐Ÿ—“๏ธ ๐™”๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™Š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™—๐™š๐™ง ๐™๐™–๐™ก๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™ข ๐™๐™ค๐™ก๐™ž๐™™๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™จ๐™š๐™จ... โšฝ 4-day Football ๐Ÿฅ… 1:1 Coaching ๐Ÿค– Sphero Coding Club ๐ŸŽƒ Little Dribโ€ฆ https://t.co/a5OziqyiNj

๐ŸŸ๏ธ Although there's no home match this weekend you can still stay ahead of the game and get your ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” tโ€ฆ https://t.co/WMbQAuxK9F

๐Ÿ”ด Thank you to @SRTRC_England for joining us @BeaconofLight this week to host a special workshop for primary schoolโ€ฆ https://t.co/MXwxjEgry9

RT @SRTRC_England: #WRD21: ONE WEEK TO GO ๐Ÿšจ There is just ONE WEEK until #SRtRC's annual Wear Red Day on Friday 22 October! Do your bit aโ€ฆ

โ™ฅ๏ธ Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of our friend and former colleague Sarah Howell todโ€ฆ https://t.co/VjRBLrTDIJ

๐Ÿ ๐ˆ๐ง๐œ๐ฅ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐’๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ฌ ๐’๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐ญ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐๐ž๐š๐œ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐Ÿ-๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ฆ โšฝ Football - Tuesday 1-3pm ๐Ÿ‘ Multi-sports - Thursday 10-1โ€ฆ https://t.co/Ekv20oAQzs

A @SAFCLadies debut in the ๐Ÿ‘œ for our @SunderlandRTC graduate @grace_safc ๐Ÿ‘ Congrats, Grace #PlayerPathways https://t.co/V4ZI3pKLYX

๐ŸŽฅ Highlights of our ๐‘ฎ๐’‚๐’๐’‚ ๐‘จ๐’˜๐’‚๐’“๐’…๐’” ๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’๐’๐’†๐’“ - #SAFC stars past and present meet HRH The Countess of Wessex and Sir Bob Mโ€ฆ https://t.co/fbaoGfcIle

๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Last Friday's ๐‘ฎ๐’‚๐’๐’‚ ๐‘จ๐’˜๐’‚๐’“๐’…๐’” ๐‘ซ๐’Š๐’๐’๐’†๐’“ saw the official launch of our charity calendar, featuring wildlife photographyโ€ฆ https://t.co/83JAImmVHW

๐Ÿ—“๏ธ ๐™”๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™Š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™—๐™š๐™ง ๐™๐™–๐™ก๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™š๐™ง๐™ข ๐™๐™ค๐™ก๐™ž๐™™๐™–๐™ฎ ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™จ๐™š๐™จ... โšฝ 4-day Football ๐Ÿฅ… 1:1 Coaching ๐Ÿค– Sphero Coding Club ๐ŸŽƒ Little Dribโ€ฆ https://t.co/1XgKrOvRj6

RT @SinghJ1591: Fantastic event this afternoon with @SRTRC_England at @BeaconofLight . Huge thank you to @SunderlandAFC Scholar & #PLInspirโ€ฆ

RT @SRTRC_England: Our campaigns team are out delivering anti-racism education in Sunderland today! Big thank you to @SAFCFoL | @Sunderlaโ€ฆ

๐ŸŸ๏ธ Our next ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” draw will be when the Lads host Charlton Athletic in the league, you can get your tickโ€ฆ https://t.co/oyjX6WzqkT

๐Ÿ“ˆ Our ๐™ƒ๐˜ผโ€™๐™’๐˜ผ๐™” ๐˜ผ๐™‰๐˜ฟ ๐™‹๐™‡๐˜ผ๐™” jackpot is on the up! It's now over ยฃ2,200 and will only grow ahead of the next draw whenโ€ฆ https://t.co/vuIBoBfROE

๐Ÿค— Little Dribblers Playgroup at the Beacon of Light tomorrow... ๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Thursday 9.30-11.30am ๐Ÿ‘ถ Age 0-3 years ๐Ÿ’ฐ ยฃ3 eacโ€ฆ https://t.co/kppxQUWy4A

RT @BeaconofLight: โŒ Unfortunately there will be ๐—ป๐—ผ ๐—ฆ๐—”๐—™๐—– ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ญ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ at the Beacon of Light tonight ahead of the Papa Johnโ€™s Trophyโ€ฆ

๐Ÿ‘ Weโ€™re backing @Womeninsport_ukโ€™s #TimeTogether campaign to encourage teenage girls and their mums to reconnect byโ€ฆ https://t.co/QDawaNi5DR

RT @sunderlandsmile: So proud that my #wildlife images are helping to raise funds for the marvellous @SAFCFoL charity with their 2022 calenโ€ฆ

Helen appointed FIFA Assistant Referee

Foundation of Light’s Helen Byrne is celebrating after joining a select group of officials on the FIFA Women’s Assistant Referee List for 2018.

Helen, the Foundation’s Premier League Primary Stars Events Coordinator, was nominated by The FA for her hard work and dedication in developing as a match official and high-level displays both at home and abroad.

The former Everton Ladies youngster, who started refereeing as a teenager to earn some extra pocket money, has officiated over 1,000 matches from the English Football League to tournaments in the United States.

“I was 14 and never really thought about refereeing,” she says. “I was playing football for Everton at the time and one of my team-mates was doing her referee course and asked if I would go with her.

“I thought it would be good to do something different in football other than playing.

“My first game was an under 10 girls’ county match in Liverpool. I was so nervous about doing the game and giving decisions. I made quite a few mistakes but it was all a learning curve and by continuing to learn from them has made be a better referee.”

After studying towards her coaching badges and gaining a (BA Hons) Degree in Sports Development, Helen became the youngest female referee to reach Level 3 and has officiated in some of the most important matches in English football.

She adds: “The biggest I’ve been involved in would have to be as assistant referee in the 2017 FA Women’s Cup Final at Wembley Stadium in front of 35,000 people.

“In the men’s it would be the League 2 play-off semi-final second leg between Luton Town and Blackpool which was broadcast live on Sky Sports because of what was riding on the game for both teams.”

Female referees and assistants officiating men’s football is becoming more frequent, with the number of international referees increasing from 26 in 1995 to 350, with 440 assistant referees up from 31 in the same period according to www.youaretheref.com.

Helen says: “We are a minority but there are so many more females becoming referees and progressing through the system which is great. I have had so much support and encouragement from everyone who I have come across within football.

“It doesn’t matter if you are male or female, you just want to be seen as a referee and go and do the best job you can.”

In October last year, Helen received her first nomination to the FIFA Women’s Assistant Referee List, joining Natalie Aspinall, Sian Massey and Lisa Rashid as England’s representatives on the international stage.

Being nominated to the FIFA List was unbelievable and what I’ve worked really hard for. I will be officiating around the world on international games from under 17 to senior level.

I have been lucky enough to be part of a number of games in countries such as America, Denmark, Sweden and Bosnia, which has given me a lot of experience already.

Looking forward my ambition is to officiate at a major FIFA Tournament such as the Women’s World Cup and would love to be promoted to the EFL Select 2 Group List for Championship games.

Helen Byrne, Foundation of Light Premier League Primary Stars Events Coordinator

On and off the field, Helen is a role model and inspiration for the women’s game, both as a referee and at Foundation of Light where she encourages more girls to get involved in football through school programmes, tournaments, workshops and festivals.

Helen says: “Working for the Foundation of Light I can have a real influence on how women and girls get involved with the game which is very rewarding.

“We have an incredibly comprehensive programme which incorporates everything from football-based exercise classes and sessions for those trying football for the first time, through to coaching, officiating and our Girls’ Scholarship programme, which gives talented female players the opportunity to study for A levels whilst representing Sunderland AFC in a national league.

“There has never been a better time for women and girls to get involved in football, there are so many routes and careers available now, and I would encourage anyone thinking of giving the sport a try to do so.”

For more information on the Foundation’s Premier League Girls programme, contact helen.byrne@foundationoflight.co.uk or call 0191 5515309.

8 January 2018

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