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.”