Referee Academy 2015/16

The North Riding County FA Referee Academy is aimed at providing young referees with the provision to develop and enhance their skills in becoming competent officials, assisting with their transition to becoming Level 5 Match Officials and beyond.

The aim of the North Riding County FA Referees Academy is to assist in the development, training and mentoring of referees who have the potential to progress into the North Riding County FA Referee Development Group and in time the National System, obtaining Level 5 status and beyond.

It is designed to deliver specific and relevant training to young, ambitious, dedicated and talented referees, coinciding and supporting Stage 3 of the FA National Referee Development Programme.

A mentor will work with the referees, providing practical advice and tips to develop their skills at breaks in the game. By giving each referee a small point to think about at the end of each period allows them to gradually build their skills through to the end of the game. The following week, referees receive a written summary of the points discussed.

Who can be part of the Academy?

The Academy is designed for any referee, who is aged between 14 and 35 and is fully qualified at Level 6, 7 or 8 statuses.

Applicants must be keen, enthusiastic, dedicated and show the desire to progress to Level 5 status and beyond, in time.

Members of the Referee Academy will be expected to attend a range of events throughout the year, which will enable them to improve not only their fitness levels, but include specific technical sessions and key note guest speakers.

Key note speakers such as Howard Webb, Martin Atkinson, Jon Moss and Michael Oliver have addressed our Academy Referees in the past.

What are the benefits of the NRCFA Referee Academy?

  • Referees will have the opportunity to work closely with the Academy mentors, and will be provided with a mentor when they officiate at Academy matches.
  • Officiating Academy matches for Middlesbrough & York City FC, ranging between Under 8’s to U’15’s on Sunday mornings (may also including Under 16’s).  
  • Appointments to selected County Cup fixtures, as well as the opportunity to officiate in a number of junior leagues within the County.
  • Technical classroom & practical based training sessions, conducted throughout the season, which aim to enhance both knowledge and skill. 
  • Work with, and learn from more experienced Match Officials.
  • Prepare referees for the ‘step up’ to adult football as a referee & assistant referee.
  • Opportunity to develop towards achieving Level 5 & beyond and work towards a place within our NRCFA Referee Development Group.
  • Opportunity to attend the FA Young Referee Development Programme.
  • Opportunity to Officiate at National Tournaments & exchange weekends.
  • Opportunity to fulfil your potential.
  • Discounted NRCFA Nike branded leisure wear.

Eligibility, Time Commitment & Requirements:

  • Aged between 14 - 35 and a Level 6, 7 or 8.
  • Are capable of managing administration effectively.
  • Are keen, enthusiastic, dedicated and show the desire to progress.
  • Attend all Referee Academy Meetings and training events (Approx.5 per season)
  • Attend matches as appointed by the Academy Referee Appointment Officers.
  • Regularly officiate in local football in addition to Academy Football.
  • Meetings will take place at a choice of two venues in Middlesbrough & York.
  • Purchase a discounted NRCFA Referee Academy Nike Tracksuit & Polo shirt (see below).
  • Have regular access to an e-mail account for regular correspondence.

How to apply for a place in the NRCFA Referees Academy

North Riding County FA is committed to offering the best possible support to those referees, who show potential, commitment and a real desire to progress.  Due to the size of the County FA, Academy meetings will take place at venues in both Middlesbrough & York to support members with keeping travelling to a minimum.

Potential referees who are considering an application to the Referees Academy who reside outside of Middlesbrough & York are more than welcome to apply, but will be required to travel with the above information in mind.

For Season 2015/ 16 seven referees have progressed from the Referee Academy to our Referee Development Group due to their performances both on and off the field.

The Referee Development Group will comprise of twenty one (21) referees for the forthcoming season; who will meet up on a bi-monthly basis for more intense and regular training in addition to being appointed a referee’s coach to work with.  The majority of the referees are either Level 5 or 6, with a number of exceptional Level 7’s.

If you would like to become a NRCFA Academy Referee, please complete the attached application form and return it to Ross Joyce (Referee Development Officer) via email or by post to:

Ross Joyce, Referee Development Officer, North Riding County FA, Broughton Road, Stokesley, Middlesbrough, TS9 5NY.

Please note the deadline for applications is Sunday, 09 August 2015.

Successful applicants will be informed by Monday, 17 August 2015. Successful applicants will be required to purchase the kit deal by Sunday, 30 August 2015. 

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