19 successful participants in the 30th National Referee Course were awarded Class 3 (P) National Referee certification. The course held on 5, 6, 10 & 13 August 2006 attracted 23 members.
Mr Lee Thiam Poh and Mr Lee Thiam Huat, both international referees , conducted the course comprising theory and practical. The theory lessons included some interesting topics like mental preparation for referees and principles of judgement. These important subjects were usually not taught in international referee seminars.
For the practical sessions, the participants learned the various refereeing procedures and hand signals. They also went through some refereeing and judging under simulated conditions.
The training served them well when they were put on trial by fire. They were assigned to officiate in the national championships in August 2006 and performed creditably.
The participants were awarded the qualification through the recommendations of Mr Yeo Boon Thiang, also an international referee. Mr Yeo assessed them based on their performance in both the theory and practical tests.