Phil realises his ambition

19 year old sports mad Phil Walker, from Latchford, studying vocational studies at Warrington Collegiate is celebrating achieving his lifetime ambition of becoming a referee.

Phil Walker RefereePhil, who has learning difficulties, is a keen footballer and captain of the Warrington Collegiate first team in the Pan Ability Football League, explains, “I joined the college in 2010 and as part of my course I gained the sports Leadership award. I absolutely loved the unit on refereeing and started to volunteer with the college pan ability football team.”

One of Phil’s first refereeing  jobs was on home turf, for the BCS PAN ability group 2 league tournament hosted by Warrington Collegiate on their 4G pitches at Orford Jubilee Park.  In a tough competition between six teams, Warrington Collegiate, Stockport, Loreto, Salford, Riverside and BlackpoolColleges, the home team finished a very respectable third place.

Phil says, “It was a great atmosphere, fun but very competitive. The matches were very close with fantastic players on all sides. I refereed six matches and awarded my first penalty which the coaches all agreed was the right decision.”

Pete Connor, lecturer in sport and foundation learning at Warrington Collegiate says, “I’m exceptionally proud of what Phil has achieved since leaving school. He has grown and developed both personally and professionally and is now an excellent referee with considerable match experience. What is really impressive is that Phil does this all in his own time in addition to his college studies. He’s now my assistant when we go out to games, as well as refereeing, I couldn’t do without him.

Phil now acts as a student ambassador for the college, proving to be a talented young learner who’s taking responsibility and driving his career forward. He is a great role model for our students with learning difficulties and disabilities. He’s an outgoing young man and he put this skill  to good use when he  acted as master of ceremonies for the SLDD Talent Show at College.”

With his lifetime ambition realised Phil clearly has a successful career in the sports industry ahead of him. Phil is planning to progress to a student internship in September  with Warrington Wolves foundation as well as completing an FA refereering qualification  so that he can referee weekend games for  the  Warrington Junior Football League.

A great story about a young man who deserves recognition for his drive and energy in pursuing his dream.

A great story about a young man who deserves recognition for his drive and energy in pursuing his dream.


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