Joshua wins selection to ‘Referee Academy’

FORMER Bankstown United star, Joshua Kermond is one of only 11 to be offered a place at the Football NSW Referee Academy in 2022.

After an extensive trial process that saw over 100 nominations from across the State, Joshua, 18, finally got the news he was waiting for which was extra sweet considering his application was unsuccessful last year.
Referees selected to join the Academy are provided with speed and agility training, physical training, opportunities to attend tournaments, match day coaching and access to national and international referee coaches as well as A-League referee mentors.
Only starting refereeing in early 2020, the Padstow Heights resident said that early this year he made the decision to quit playing, where he held the role of goalkeeper for his team, as it was impacting on his refereeing progress when games would overlap.
“I feel very lucky to now be selected for the Academy and hope to keep progressing,” he said.
“It’s good pocket money and I’ll be working towards refereeing A-League games one day.”
A volunteer with the Illawong Rural Fire Brigade, Joshua is also applying to join Fire and Rescue NSW this year having just completed his HSC at Endeavour Sports High.
“Refereeing will be my second job and I’m happy that both roles will no doubt keep me fit,” he said.