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Barclays and Spurs encourage youngsters to 'Get on with the Game'

Posted on 12 December 2008  - 12:00

Luka Modric joined Barclays Premier League referees Chris Foy and Andre Marriner in hosting a referee masterclass with local children at the Barclays Spaces for Sports site in Tottenham.

Barclays and Spurs encourage youngsters to 'Get on with the Game'

Luka Modric joined Barclays Premier League referees Chris Foy and Andre Marriner in hosting a referee masterclass with local children at the Barclays Spaces for Sports site in Tottenham.

This Barclays grassroots event is the last of four regional events to promote the Premier League's ‘Get on with the Game' programme.

Foy and Marriner took sixty children aged 11 - 14 through a refereeing master class, whilst professional coaches took them through a coaching session to reinforce the Premier League's ‘Get on with the Game' message.

This was followed by a Q&A and autograph session with Luka and the referees. In addition, the kids were also treated to a demonstration from Tottenham Hotspur Football Freestyler, Billy Wingrove.

This event is part of Barclays' grassroots commitment to encouraging children to respect the ref. In addition, Barclays will be promoting the programme across their 26 Barclays Spaces for Sports flagship sites to encourage those who use them to ‘Get on with the Game'.

Foy comments: "The ‘Get on with the Game' programme is a really positive move for the Premier League, but influencing children at a young age is just as important as they are the future players and fans.

"The Barclays events will introduce the notion of getting on with the ref in a fun environment, but having the support from the club and players will have a huge impact on the children. I look forward to refereeing the stars of the future!"

In addition, the newly-introduced Barclays Spirit Award will recognise moments that personify the Barclays Premier League's new initiative.

Shortlisted moments announced by Barclays throughout the season will form the nominees ahead of the final announcement in May, to be judged by a panel of referees and a current Barclays Premier League player and manager.