Dawn Burns, dispensing consultant at Specsavers in Falkirk visited Denny High School to congratulate 37 pupils on completing an SQA qualification in refereeing.
SQA award in referee development
The award, supported by Specsavers, gives secondary school pupils an opportunity to become involved in refereeing and broaden their football knowledge.
Category One referee Craig Thomson was also on hand to present the pupils with their certificates.
The pupils also got the chance to try out the new solar blue Adidas referee kit for the 2015/16 season.
Jonathan Cawley, store director at Specsavers in Falkirk, said: ‘Specsavers’ relationship with the Scottish FA has progressed over the years from a logo on a shirt to a much closer partnership that has wide reaching benefits, not just for Scottish football, but now also for schools across the country like Denny High School.
‘We’re delighted to support the SQA Referee Development Award to help Scottish schools provide their pupils with the opportunity to complete this fantastic course.’
The award is initially subsidised by the Scottish FA with no cost to schools, thanks to the support of Specsavers. Each school is provided with a pack of football and refereeing equipment, plus each pupil receives a Laws of the Game book.