First female intramural referee in action

Jasmin Lane has become the first female referee to take charge of an intramural football match in the league’s history.

Lane, a first year who also plays for the women’s netball first team, made her debut on Ashleigh Road in the match between Singleton Park Rangers and Photosinthesis on November 13.

Before the match, she said: “I’m really looking forward to refereeing this weekend.

“I hope there won’t be too much trouble and the lads will have a really good match.”

Lane began refereeing as a teenager after seeing it as a good money-making opportunity.

“My mum and dad used to drag me to watch my younger brothers play football every weekend,” she said.

“When I started needing money I realised refereeing was a job that would keep me fit and possibly lead on to a career.

“So instead of being sat on the sideline, I was on the pitch doing something I enjoyed instead.”

Intramural representative Ceri Parker welcomed Lane’s appointment on to the referees’ list.

“It just shows how those barriers between women’s and men’s sports are being broken down,” he said.

“It’s exciting to watch us mimic the Premier League where you’ve got Sian Massey officiating regularly.

“She’s well qualified, and will be with us throughout the season.”

Eleri Jones, the students’ union’s women’s officer, was also pleased with the news.

She said: “Obviously, I think it’s excellent.

“It is unfortunate that in 2011, modern perceptions of male and female roles in our culture create a need to push a story like this at all, but it’s  wonderful that women are gaining a place in this field.

“Women should, of course have the confidence in their own abilities to apply for these positions, and I think that it’s wonderful to have women referees in this club.”

The appointment was part of the intramural football’s committee scheme to promote equality and anti-discrimination.

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