NORTH RIDING COUNTY FA IS DELIGHTED TO CONFIRM THE RECRUITMENT OF FIFA REFEREE REBECCA WELCH AS FEMALE REFEREE AMBASSADOR.
Rebecca, a FIFA and National League referee, will be supporting our clear goal of recruiting, developing & retaining more female referees within the county.
North Riding County FA is very much committed to ensuring female match officials are provided with the greatest levels of support in their careers. The appointment of Rebecca as Female Referee Ambassador will provide additional support via both administrative and in-service methods to develop the next generation of North Riding’s refereeing workforce.
Rebecca, 35, is currently a FIFA & National League Referee, operating on the world stage across Europe in the women’s game, as well as the men’s National League. She brings with her a wealth of experience, with the 2017 FA Women’s Cup Final at Wembley in front of almost 40,000 spectators the pinnacle of her career to date.
Rebecca is very keen to get started in supporting female refereeing in North Riding; “I can't wait to get up and running in this role. I’m excited to be an ambassador for such a great County FA who are committed to the training and developing of referees and working closely with [Referee Development Manager] Ross and the rest of the Referee Development Team.
“With the resources and backing we've got from North Riding FA, there's a huge opportunity to both develop those female officials we currently have and to recruit more officials. There are so many opportunities open for female match officials to progress in women's football. It's a great time to get involved in refereeing.”
Referee Development Manager Ross Joyce had this to say about Rebecca agreeing to the role of Female Referees Ambassador: “I am delighted that, having spoken with Rebecca over a period of time, we are finally in a position for her to come on board and support not only the development of our current female referee workforce, but help recruit and retain new match officials.
“We have exciting FA targets to recruit new female referees, as well as ensuring our current workforce has sufficient opportunities to develop and progress. I am sure Rebecca will be a huge asset to the North Riding County FA’s Referee Development Team, and we are looking forward to working together.”
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