YOUNG sports stars at a city school were honoured by a World Cup referee.
Guest of honour at Kepier academy’s sports award presentation evening was former football referee George Courtney.
More than 150 parents and families attended to see 60 of the Houghton school’s gifted and talented young sports people receive their awards.
George, who lives in Spennymoor, has an impressive roll of honour from his time on the pitch, including being a referee at the 1979 Charity Shield, the 1980 FA Cup Final, the 1983 League Cup Final, the 1989 Cup Winners Cup Final, as well as representing England at the 1984 European Championships and the 1986 and 1990 World Cup Finals.
Dave Brennan, community development and marketing manager at the Dairy Lane school, said: “Prior to the presentation of the awards Mr Courtney gave an enthralling speech to those present about his refereeing days and instilled in the young people present the need for hard work and determination in order to achieve their full potential.”
Winner of the outstanding performer award was teenage athlete Alexander Brown, 15, a cross country runner.
Alexander’s achievements include representing the North East Cross Country team at both under 13 and under 15 levels, representing Durham County at The English Schools National Cross Country Championships and representing the North East at The London Mini-Marathon.