Bedlington student Matthew a prize guy

Teenager Matthew Bartlett, left, being presented with his award by former Premier League referee Howard Webb.
Teenager Matthew Bartlett, left, being presented with his award by former Premier League referee Howard Webb.

Bedlington student Matthew Bartlett has been named as Northumberland’s young referee of the year.

The 17-year old, a pupil at Bedlingtonshire High School, was presented with his award at a ceremony held at the Marriott hotel in Gosforth, Newcastle, by Northumberland Referees’ Association.

Nominees for the the William J Darby Award, being handed out for the first time, were voted by other referees rather than a board or committee.

Matthew was given his prize by former Premier League referee Howard Webb.

David Martin, secretary of the association, said: “This is a tremendous achievement for Matthew and is a reflection of his commitment and determination.”