‘Ref Cam’ is big in rugby but here’s how it can be used in football
When the coach of disability football team Aber Stars came up with the idea of ‘ref cam’ he only wanted to show how good his players were.
But having used it a few times, Steven Brookes now believes his innovative use of a Go Pro camera could change the game we all love.
The coach and player of the disability team says the unique camera perspective has increased the interest in his team and helped him as a coach but more importantly, feels that ‘ref cam’ could be the key to cutting out the abuse on officials at grassroots level.
He said: “I thought it would be good idea if the audience could see the matches from the point of view from somebody on the pitch.
“The referee was very happy to wear it and the other players were very interested and I think many were impressed with the result.
“I thought the footage was great as we could see the skill of some of the players and we also got to see some good goals.
“I just hope that people who watch this will now realise that just because you have a disability it doesn't mean you can't play football at a good level.
“Hopefully more people with disabilities join a disability football team and see if they enjoy it.
“I also think that 'ref cam' can be used in other ways including possibly stopping players abusing refs or catching those that do and viewing an incident that happens during a match (e.g. A controversial refereeing decision) from the ref’s point of view.”
Take a look at some more ‘Ref Cam’ action on the Aber Stars Disability Football Youtube page and if you want to join the club, click here to contact them on social media