Referees arguably have the most unenviable role in sport as their decisions will never please everyone and will often face criticism.

To be confident in themselves with their rulings they need to ensure their eyesight is on the ball. For this reason Specsavers is a keen supporter of match officials and has a number of sponsorship deals in place to recognise this.

Partnering the Scottish Football Association for some ten years has seen Specsavers fund the training of 2,500 referees for the beautiful game. Its longstanding sponsorship of the RaboDirect PRO12 rugby league and the Irish Ladies GAA has also been focussed on the vital role that the referees play.

Alongside these national partnerships, countless Specsavers stores throughout the UK and Ireland offer complimentary eyecare to referees from a number of local of sporting institutions, ranging from lawn bowls to sailing and everything in between.

Specsavers co founder Doug Perkins said: ‘Good eyesight is clearly very important in competitive sport. While there continues to be exciting technological innovations to aid referees, we will always rely on their personal judgements too and at Specsavers we are glad to do it bit where we can to help ensure they get the best possible support to do their job.’

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