Football Q&A with Lynne from Play 5-a-Side Leicester league.

One of our dedicated referees, Lynne from our Leicester league, sheds some light on what it’s like to be a part of our vibrant and inclusive Play-5-a-side community!


We believe that the heart and soul of any sporting league lies not just with the players but also with the officials who ensure fair play and an enjoyable experience in all! Read our Football Q&A with Lynne to discover just what it’s like as a player in our 5-a-Side leagues and get to know our officials!


How long have you been working for Play-5-a-Side?

Since it started in Leicester, so currently I’ve been as a referee for Play-5-a-Side for 5 months but have been refereeing for 24 years!


Do you play football yourself/what is your experience?

I have played ladies football for over 30 years! I’ve played in, coached and ran all sorts of different teams. I played for my County and regional squads when I was younger too! I went to the Vase Final in 2011 with Coalville town and played for Shepshed Dynamo in front of 500 spectators! I have worked as a football physio for the last 24 years.


What position do you play?

I have played lots of different positions, from Winger, Wing Back, Centre Mid, Centre Half and Goal Keeper!


What do you like about working for Play 5-a-Side leagues?

The ladies I have on a Wednesday night are brilliant! We have such a laugh together. If a team is a player short they will all help each other out, no matter where they are in the league table.


What made you want to become a referee/coordinator?

I saw the position was advertised and thought I’ll have a go and I’m so glad I did, I love it!


How does the league welcome new players and teams and what is the atmosphere like between everyone?

I explain to new players the rules and how the league works, but the Play-5-a-Side team send out welcome information to all new players!
The girls always mix well together and is an absolutely brilliant atmosphere. They will play for each other’s teams if somebody is short, and always supporting one another.


What is your favourite sport and player outside of football?

I just love football! It’ll have to be Keith Weller from Leicester City, he was my favourite player (I’m an old bird!)


How do you keep your spirits up through the winter football nights?

I just do! I have always played all year round so I am used to it! Great teams and great players make it worth it!


What is the best position to play for somebody who is new to 5-a-Side?

I always say to them to go up-front, as a draw is better than a loss!


Whether you’ve got previous experience and considering joining our leagues or have never played before and curious to give football a go, Play 5-a-Side promises to give players of all ages and abilities the confidence to play football again, or for the very first time! Play-5-a-Side is not just about the beautiful game, but also about fostering a welcoming environment where every woman can feel comfortable and confident to lace up their boots and join the action on the pitch. Our league prides itself on being fun, friendly and inclusive.

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