At 15, Paul Adderley is one of the Warwickshire Society of Referees’ youngest and most enthusiastic officials, so it was great to see him handed the ‘Newcomer of the Year’ trophy in the annual Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire Sports Awards.

Paul, now in his second season, has demonstrated an amazing appetite for the game, and has received many plaudits for his skills, not only at junior clubs and schools in Warwickshire, but also at the Sainsbury’s School Games, last September, at the Rosslyn Park Schools 7s and at the Barnstaple Rugby Festival.

Part of the successful Warwickshire Young Whistlers academy, he picked up the BBC Coventry and Warwickshire sponsors trophy and the CSW trophy during a glittering awards evening at Wasps’ Ricoh Arena attended by 300 guests.
Paul, a pupil at Coventry’s Coundon Court School and a member of the Barker Butts club, received his award from Clive Eyken, BBC CWR sports editor.

Paul said,

“I am really enjoying my refereeing and to win this award is a great honour for myself and for my Society. I was thrilled to be at the Ricoh Arena presentation among such an elite band of Warwickshire sportsmen and women.”

Peter Tolan, WSOR’s chairman of the Young Whistlers committee said, “It’s a well-deserved award for Paul. He is extremely keen to learn and develop his skills and should have a great future as a referee.”