Whistleblower Andrew Woodside is off to France!

Larne-based referee Andrew Woodside. INLT 22-910-CON
Larne-based referee Andrew Woodside. INLT 22-910-CON

While there is quite a sizeable local contingent heading off to France in the coming weeks, Larne referee Andrew Woodside is already there!

He’s officiating at the Euro Schools’ Cup finals, comprising of the Schools’ Cup winners of the countries that will be taking part in the forthcoming European Championships.

Representing Northern Ireland are St Columb’s College Derry (boys) and Mercy College, Belfast (girls).

Twenty-one-year old Andrew flew out to France on Sunday.

As he told the Times: “On the Monday, there’s a culture day and the Opening Ceremony. Then its matches all week, played in Lille and Lens, with the final in Lille Stadium the following Sunday.”

The other young referee from Northern Ireland taking part is Ben McMaster, Belfast.

Son of Larne Youth chairman Nat, Andrew Woodside has been has just completed his fourth season refereeing, having progressed to Intermediate Level, and warmed up for his trip to France by running the line at last week’s Clarence Cup final.

Meanwhile, Larne Youth has confirmed dates for its Summer Camp: Wednesday 6th, Thursday 7th and Friday 8th July.

The coaches versus parents game is set to take place on Saturday, June 4 at Antiville Playing Fields. Reigning champions the Parents, will be managed by Mark McLean.

All money raised will be donated to a local charity.