A SOUTH Tyneside referee is feeling “over the moon” after getting on the ball for a major event in the sporting calendar.
Lindsey Robinson, 33, of Hebburn, will be an assistant referee at the FA Women’s Cup Final between holders Arsenal and Everton.
The match will be shown live on BBC Two for the second year running on Sunday, June 1, at 4.30pm.
It will take place within the 22,000-capacity StadiumMK in Milton Keynes.
Ms Robinson is a talented footballer and a graduate in sport and exercise development from the University of Sunderland.
She will be joined in the big game by English Premier League referee Martin Atkinson, plus Rebecca Welch as the fourth official, who is also based with the Durham FA.
Lindsey, who works as a project officer for County Durham Sport, said: “I was told a couple of days before anyone else that I would be assistant referee in the Cup Final and had to keep it secret, which was extremely hard.
“I’m over the moon and it’s a real reward for all the hard work and sacrifices I have had to make over the years.
“I was playing at a good level, but I wanted to stay in the game as long as I could.
“I received good feedback when I began officiating, so I decided to take it on.
“It’s been amazing to hear all the acknowledgements and congratulations from clubs and people I’ve met through football.”
The Hebburn referee has previously played football at national level, and represented Sunderland Ladies while studying at the university.
She added: “My degree has given me a great help in terms of preparing for the big games and my physical condition and development.
“When I look at my own fitness and mentality, my university background is a massive benefit to me.”