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David Elleray

Honorary Doctorate - 2010

David Elleray is one of the UK's longest-standing sporting ambassadors. He was one of England's youngest-ever football referees at the age of just 13 and he has refereed football matches on four continents. Yet he managed to combine this distinguished career in sport with an equally distinguished career in teaching at Harrow, one of England's top schools.

As one of the highest profile and most highly regarded FIFA and Premiership football referees, by the time he retired from a career spanning over 30 years, David had refereed 78 international matches in 35 different countries and officiated at Wembley 13 times, including the 1994 FA Cup final.

David's activity since retiring has been far from sedate. He continues to be involved in football, sports administration and various charities. He is a member of the International Football Association Board (responsible for football's Laws throughout the world) and the UEFA's referees committee; he holds various FA posts, including Chairman of the FA Referees' Committee, is President of the Referees' Association and Chairman of the Association of Elite Sports Officials.

In recent years, through these activities, David has become involved in various ways with Sheffield Hallam University's Centre for Sport and Exercise Science (CSES) in the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. David is a Board member of the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) who work closely with the CSES in joint research and he continues to work with the University in the development and training of elite football referees in England.

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