Preston Referees’ Society has presented a plaque to Preston North End, which will be placed in the match officials’ changing room at Deepdale.
The plaque was accepted by Jack Kay, who has been the PNE’s referee liaison officer for the past 25 years.
Kay is a former class one referee and is currently on the Lancashire Football Association list of referee assessors.
The presentation was made by 16-year-old Shaun Taylor, a member of the Preston Referees’ Development Group of young and aspiring officials.
Taylor is deputy head boy at Corpus Christi Catholic High School and has been refereeing for four years.
He is currently a level seven ref.
Preston Referees’ Society was founded in 1919 and is the largest society in the country, with 174 members, and 54 of them are in the development group of referees aged 21 or under.
The society boasts one Premier League referee in Neil Swarbrick (right), a Football League referee Graham Salisbury and four Football League assistant referees.
The society provides the officials for all PNE Academy home games, as well supplying referees for the four local league and other leagues in the area.
They meet on the first Monday of every month at BAC Sports Club and organise physical training sessions and technical classes for their members.
Society chairman Eamonn McNamara said: “We have very close links with Preston North End and we are delighted to supply the referees for their Academy games.
“It is appropriate that our young officials have the chance to work with their young players, as it gives them an introduction to the professional game.
“Any young referee who is interested in making progress in the game should seriously consider joining the Society,” added McNamara.
If you are interested, more details are available on the Preston Referees’ website, which is http://www.prestonra.org/.