Scottish FA Referee Nick Walsh, aged 26, from Glasgow, visited staff at Specsavers Newlands for an eye and hearing check ahead of the New Year and second half of the football season.

Rising star Nick – who is a P.E. teacher at Boclair Academy in Bearsden – was promoted to top-level category one status three seasons ago and took and charge of his first Premiership game in April last year. He is now in line to officiate a number of games across Scotland’s top divisions.

A word from the referee

Nick said: ‘As a referee I know the importance of having my eyes and hearing tested regularly, but I was also really interested to hear how a regular eye test not only helps detect any problems with your vision, it can also check for more general health problems and a wide range of other conditions.’

A word from the store director

Store director at Specsavers Newlands, Ruth Lalor, said: ‘We’re delighted that Nick popped in to see us to get his regular eye and hearing tests done, we wish him all the very best for the rest of the season ahead.

‘Specsavers is delighted to support the Scottish referees – our partnership with the Scottish FA goes far beyond just a logo on a shirt.

'We’re committed to helping to provide grassroots training for potential referees, inspiring respect for match officials and making sure their eyes and ears are in top condition through regular sight and hearing tests carried out in our stores across Scotland.’

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