Abigail aims to inspire female referees

PUBLISHED: 16:00 28 November 2016

Referee Abigail Kidd received the highest-ever marks in the Leisure League induction event recently

Referee Abigail Kidd received the highest-ever marks in the Leisure League induction event recently


Official records top mark ever at Leisure Leagues event

Abigail Kidd is hoping to inspire more female referees in Brentwood after recording the best ever score in a Leisure Leagues induction day.

Kidd recently attended a referees induction course, operated by Europe’s largest providers of five and six-a-side football and staff were amazed when she returned the best ever marks.

A similar event is being held in Brentwood next month and Kerr wants others to follow in her footsteps as she begins her refereeing career.

Referees manager Steve Holmes said: “Abigail came down to one of our referees training courses and as part of that, there are various assessments and then we get her to step into a game and take charge.

“It was immediately clear she was one of the best I have seen in the four years I’ve been here, then when we looked at her scores throughout the whole night, we saw that she had returned the best marks we’ve ever recorded!”

As a result, Kerr has now been added to Leisure Leagues team of elite referees who train other officials throughout the UK and Ireland, and fill in wherever there is a lack of staff.

And Holmes says the accolade is well-deserved, adding: “We only use the very best in these roles and it’s very rare that we’d do it with a referee so new, however in Abigail’s case there was no other real choice.”

In addition, the whistle blower could be leaving the cold of an English winter behind in favour of the warmth of Europe as Leisure Leagues recommend their top officials for European competition.

To find out more about an induction course in Brentwood, please ring 0333 123 2340 or register at

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