Congratulations to Laura Pettingale on her International refereeing appointment this weekend, Saturday 18th March, England Women U20 v France Women U20 kicking off at 7:30 pm at Basingstoke RFC. Having already established herself as an assistant referee on many six nations fixtures, she will now have centre stage as the lady in the middle.
Laura began her refereeing career here in Kent at the age of 17 after completing a referee course and was very quickly selected for Kent Referees’ Society’s Development squad. Whilst studying to become a PE teacher she has worked hard over these few years to develop as a referee. She had become a respected referee in Kent amongst many clubs before she left Maidstone for Northampton to start her teaching career.
Laura often pops home to visit her family. Her mum, also a Kent Society referee says, ‘I am immensely proud of her, I often think back to her first game after completing her referee course, stepping out onto the field lacking in confidence but being brave enough to give it a go. On her first outing, she considered that it wasn’t for her after some unhelpful comments from an overzealous U12 coach on the touchline’. We are so glad she lifted her chin and stuck with it, we wholeheartedly congratulate her on this outstanding achievement.
If there is any young girl out there aspiring to follow in Laura’s footsteps have a look at our courses page to book onto the next available referee course.