A local football referee has received national recognition for his services to the game.
Local referee and chairman of the Grantham and District Referees’ Association, Mick Massingham, has been awarded the National Referees’ Association Long and Meritorious Service Award.
The award was presented to Mick by the chairman of the referees’ association, Albert Astbury, at the recently held National Conference and annual meeting.
Mick started refereeing in the 1978-79 season, officiating in the Newark Sunday League because he was still playing football on Saturdays in the Grantham League.
In 1987, Mick became chairman of the Grantham association and has just completed his 27th year in office.
Mick became a referee instructor in 1998, successfully putting more than 500 candidates through a referees’ course. He is also a qualified mentor to new referees.
In the past 34 years, Mick has refereed more than 1,700 games and is still going strong.