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RA Board Member, Nathan Mattick, joined the Refs Need Love Too podcast, hosted by David Gerson, a grassroots referee in the USA to share his story of being the first wheelchair user to qualify as a football referee in the UK!

Nathan was born with a condition called Cerebral Palsy, which means for him, he has limited mobility with the left side of his body which is weaker than his right, so he needs to use an electric wheelchair to get around independently, as well as to referee.

In this interview, Nathan explains how he got into refereeing, his first match and how refereeing has helped him.

To hear about his refereeing journey, click the link below.

Click here to listen to the podcast

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