Four women are among 27 people from the Kimbe Soccer Association who received certificates in basic refereeing in Kimbe last Friday.
The training course was conducted by PNGFA Referee Development Officer Job Minan and assisted by PNGFA Fitness Instructor David Yereboinen.
Kimbe Football Association Maha Waname thanked PNGFA for sending Minan and Yereboinen to Kimbe to upskill their referees with the basic laws of the game.
At the closing of the course at the PNGFA Technical Centre in Gigo, He encouraged and thanked the 27 participants for sacrificing their time to attend the course and acquire new skills in refereeing the world game.
Waname also took time to acknowledge the four women who took part in the training.
“I particularly like to congratulate the four women for giving up their family time to attend the week-long course,” he said.
“We are moving a bit faster to achieve gender equity in running football in Kimbe, which is the only centre in the New Guinea Islands region running a vibrant football competition,” he said.
Waname said it was good to have more women taking part in refereeing and that such training was a first of its kind and he encouraged the participants to implement what have learnt over the week rather then gone sleeping.
“I was very impressed with the participants who came from as far as Gasmata, South Coast, Hoskins, Silanga in East Nakanai, Soi in Bialla and Bulu in Talasea,” Waname said.