The Blue Sky Marbella Walking Football League has launched an appeal for new referees after the departure last month of Brian Russell of Walking Football Spain was followed shortly afterwards by that of Dave Smith of the Walking Dead.
Anyone interested in volunteering will be provided with training by experienced walking football referee James Owen. Owen will put them through their paces during a four or five-week training course which will consist of 45 minutes coaching and theory and then running the line at a team training session under the supervision of Owen.
After two 15-minute "line" duties, the trainee ref will referee 15 minutes of a training session match, again under the supervision of Owen.
At the end of the course the trainee referee will have a short theory exam and will referee a friendly or charity match to qualify as a walking football referee. Once qualified the league will supply a kit and referees are paid 25 euros per match and linesmen 10 euros per match.
If you think you have what it takes, apply at walkingfooty.com quoting 'Referee' or email Ronnie Waugh at email@example.com.
The Blue Sky Marbella Walking Football League is made up of six teams (from Nerja to Benahavís) and this may be extended in the future. League games, most of which are played in the Calahonda area, last 40 minutes each and are contested by teams of seven.
All players are over 50 years of age (some senior players are in their 70s) but referees don't have to meet this criteria.