Premier League promotion
Words by Abigail Outhwaite
Referee David Coote is to rub shoulders with Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and Robinho.
The referee from Winthorpe, near Newark, has been promoted to the Premier League, having been one of seven people in the country chosen to join the prestigious Select List this season.
The promotion means David Coote will officiate at some of next season's biggest football matches.
"I'm absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to act on the Premier League as Assistant Referee.
"I've had a little bit of experience on there and I've been an Assistant Referee on the Football League for three seasons as well."
First match at 14
Twenty-six-year-old David officially began refereeing in 1996 at the tender age of 14, when he spent two months as an assistant referee on his dad and uncle's team in the Newark Alliance.
It was this that led him to take a place on a course taught by local referee Andy Hind.
David continues to officiate in the Blue Square Premier and has recently completed his third season on the National List of Assistant Referees.
FA Vase Final 2009 at Wembley
Last season, he officiated at a number of FA Cup games, including Watford vs Crystal Palace, Sheffield Wednesday vs Fulham in the FA Cup and even the FA Vase final at Wembley.
David is also very involved in county football, working to recruit and develop new referees as the Nottinghamshire Football Association's County Referees' Development Officer.
As well as being enjoyable, this is also something of a necessity for him, as officials' salaries are a far cry from those of the players.
"In comparison, it's peanuts. It probably doesn't come close to the amount of commitment and hours that we put into training and attending meetings all over the country. There is a bit of remuneration, but it's not excessive."
A representative from Nottinghamshire FA commented: "He's done really, really well. It's a reward for the nearly 15 years of refereeing he's put in."
last updated: 19/06/2009 at 17:53