Two lucky youngsters were given the chance to be referee mascots for Inverness Caledonian Thistle at the Scottish Cup Semi-Finals, thanks to Specsavers and the Scottish FA.

Ben McCubbin, aged eight from Westhill, and Isla Douglass, also aged eight and from Nairn, joined match officials as they took to the pitch with the teams at Hampden Park for last month’s game, which resulted in a 3-2 win for the Inverness side.

Enjoying the action
After kick-off, the young mascots were able to take a seat in the stand to enjoy the action alongside their guardian and a guest.

Each mascot also took home a t-shirt and shorts and a Scottish FA goody bag as a memento from their special day out.

A brilliant opportunity
Andy Carr, store director at Specsavers in Inverness, said: ‘It was fantastic to see children from the area be given such a brilliant opportunity to not only support their local team but also be part of the action.

‘It was a great experience for the children – both Ben and Isla really enjoyed the day and I’m sure they’ll be talking about it with their school friends for many months to come.’

Specsavers has assisted with the training and development of referees across Scotland since 2002.

Inspiring respect for match officials
The company is committed to helping to provide grassroots training for potential referees, inspiring respect for match officials and making sure they are in top condition through regular sight and hearing tests carried out in stores across Scotland.

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