July 20th 2021

Everyone at Leisure Leagues would like to congratulate Simon Mahomed, as one of our most popular referees scooped a national prize.

Simon, who is a valued official in our Preston Leagues, beat off more than 600 nominations to win the Don’t X The Line Prize.

Leisure Leagues’ Jon D’arcy praised the referee, saying: “Simon is a shining example of everything we want to achieve, he is a local man who is passionate about both refereeing and his community, and thanks to his help and dedication we have been able to grow the leagues in Preston and get so many people playing football.”

Now, that hard work has been recognised on a national level, with the ReFpect award, which saw him winning a host of prizes including Nike clothing, a trophy and certificate.

The ReFspect Campaign was established in 2003 by Don’t X The Line CIC, a not for profit organisation led by it’s founder Mal Lee. It was founded to address the issues of poor sideline behaviour in FA affiliated leagues and the impact it has on children in the game. Since its conception, the campaign has gone from strength to strength, gaining popularity on football sidelines across Britain and Ireland.

The leagues that Simon officiates in now see more than 150 local players in Preston playing each week – and with such a man in the middle, they will only get stronger.

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