Lecturer in sports coaching science and author of Blowing the Whistle: The Psychology Behind Football Refereeing, Stuart Carrington, joined us at Twickenham Stadium for the latest Twickenham Business Club networking lunch.

Prior to writing the book, Stuart worked as a coach at two Premier League football clubs, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, before pursuing his interest in refereeing. Stuart’s fascination started when he delved deeper into the psychology of refereeing a high level sports match.

The position of a referee has stark similarities to those in high-level business positions, when put under extreme pressure – in a referees case having 40,000 fans, 11 opposition players and a manager screaming at you – it’s unthinkable that a human should be expected to make the right decision 100% of the time. Having to make challenging decisions on the spot with multiple distractions is something that every person can experience on a daily basis, it’s how you deal with those pressures that define the outcome of the situation.

Stuart’s book, ‘Blowing the Whistle: The Psychology Behind Football Refereeing’, offers a deeper insight into the world of refereeing, while presenting clear psychological takeaways for anyone – sports fan or not! Find out more information and purchase the book

Thank you to Firmballs who kindly sponsored the #NMCTwickenham networking lunch! Following a successful launch in Brighton, Firmballs are soon to be launching a FREE networking pool tournament Rileys Pool Hall Victoria. Contact Sam to find out more information. They’re also offering businesses the chance to ‘Play on a Premier League pitch’ at Selhurst Park in May. 

New members were welcomed and introduced, which included: Business DoctorsPreston Insurance BrokersAirport Parking & Hotels (APH) and Gather Technology.

Thank you to Andrew Lunn Photography for the excellent images from the event. Check view the event gallery here.

View all upcoming Network My Club events in Brighton, Southampton, Portsmouth, Reading and London here.