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Carley is launching RefCam

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 22, 2012

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THE University of Gloucestershire's first referee scholar will make history at a Championship match tomorrow by being the first official to wear a camera.

Matt Carley, who graduated in 2007, will wear the 'RefCam' on his shirt for the clash between Newcastle Falcons and London Scottish at Kingston Park (3.15pm).

Carley was the first person to enter the university's referee scholarship scheme after joining as a level seven official from Kent.

He is now part of the RFU professional referee unit and operates at Championship level, while also teaching at Folkestone Academy.

Cheltenham's former international and Premiership referee Chris White acted as a consultant to the university's scheme and has been pleased with Carley's progress.

He said: "We are delighted that Matt has made such progress in his referee career since becoming our first referee scholar in the groundbreaking scheme offered by the university.

"Matt has worked incredibly hard to reach this level and we look forward to seeing him in action this weekend.

"The current scholarship group at the university has nine young referees from across the sports of soccer, rugby union and hockey.

"The university and scholarship scheme are very proud of Matt's achievements and those of the other referee scholars."

As well as giving viewers a unique angle on the game, it is hoped the camera will help train referees.

The game will be televised live on Sky Sports 3 HD.

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