Sports personalities school governors

FOOTBALL referee Howard Webb and snooker ace Shaun Murphy have both signed up as governors at a Rotherham school.

The two sporting names live in the Whiston and Broom area, and have joined the 15-strong board of governors at Sitwell Juniors.

Howard, fresh from the Euro 2008 championships, is already a regular at Sitwell sports days because he has two children at the school and another due to start in September.

He said: "The school needed a new parent governor and my wife suggested I put my name forward. It coincided with me finishing work with the police and I wanted to invest my spare time in something positive. "I found out I had been selected just before the Euros, so I haven't had much chance to find anything out yet. But I am looking forward to getting involved."

He added: "Shaun's more high-profile than me, even though I have probably become more well-known since the Euros. Football is massive, but people are more interested in the players than the referee."

Sitwell head Sandra Surtees said: "Howard is a parent at the school and it is always good to have parents involved. His work in the world of football will really add an interesting dimension to the governing body.

"Shaun lives locally, and I think he will be a really strong role model to our pupils and give them aspirations for the future."

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