Investing in our schools, Olympics

Training the next generation of umpires and officials

Premier League referee Chris Foy with young sports leaders at Leatherhead Leisure Centre

More than 100 students have been training to become the next generation of umpires, scorers and team managers.

The students took part in a day of sports leadership courses at Leatherhead Leisure Centre this week (27 February).

The event, sponsored by Fusion Lifestyle, doubled as a recruitment day for young volunteers hoping to help out at the P&G Surrey School Games and P&G Surrey Youth Games, organised by Surrey County Council and Active Surrey to get more young people to take part in sport in the lead up to the 2012 Games.

The different courses included: sporting event management, team management, badminton scoring and netball umpiring.

Premier League referee Chris Foy dropped in to talk to the students about his career path and was joined by Team GB’s 400m sprint Olympic hopeful Lesley Owusu who inspired students to consider a career in sport.

Students on the Badminton scorers’ course were also visited by GB badminton star, Hayley Connor, who took to the court for a few rallies.

Denise Saliagopoulos, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services and the 2012 Games, said: “Events like this are a great way for us to encourage more young people to take part in sport, inspire the next generation of sports professionals and give students a rare behind the scenes look at different career paths.”

Wendy Newton, Youth Sports Development Manager at Active Surrey who oversees teams working on both the P&G Surrey Youth Games and the P&G Surrey School Games said: “We need to make sure the skills needed to run sports competitions are passed on to the next generation so that they can shape the events of the future.”

The P&G Surrey School Games will see up to 6,000 young people compete in more than 50 sport and art competitions over 150 days and about 2,000 youth from Borough and District teams will take part in 13 sports competitions at the P&G Surrey Youth Games in June at Surrey Sports Park.

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For more information, journalists can contact Surrey County Council media officer Nicole Herlihy on 020 8541 8039 or email

Notes to editors

The sports leadership courses were organised by Active Surrey and national governing bodies of sport.

For more information about event sponsor Fusion Lifestyle visit


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