Referee Development Group

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Following a full review by Referee Development Officer Ross Joyce, and the Referee Development Team, the North Riding County FA has implemented a new Referee Development Group for selected match officials who have shown potential to progress into the semi-professional game and beyond.

The North Riding County FA Referee Development Group (RDG) 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 RDG is to assist in the development, training and mentoring of referees who have the potential to progress into the North Riding County FA Centre of Referee Excellence Programme (CORE) 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 the FA National Referee CORE Development Programme principles. 

RDG members will mainly officiate games at Middlesbrough & York City FC Football Clubs on a Sunday morning / lunchtime under the leadership of our newly appointed Referee Development Group Director.

A referees coach will also work with the selected referees, providing practical advice and tips to develop their skills with referees receiving a written report of the points discussed.

Who can be part of the Referee Development Group?

The RDG is designed for any referee, who is aged between 15 and 35 and is fully qualified at Levels 6, 7 or Y (Youth previously Level 8) status.

We will also consider applications from those referees at ‘Trainee’ status who have refereed more than 10 games but yet to attend their final module of the FA Referee Course.

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

Members of the RDG 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 from time to time.

What are the benefits of the Referee Development Group?

  • Referees will have the opportunity to work closely with an appointed Referee Coach and will be provided with fixtures within MFC & York City FC Academy matches
  • Officiating Academy matches for Middlesbrough & York City FC, ranging between Under 7’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 CORE Development Group
  • Opportunity to Officiate at National Tournaments & exchange weekends with other County FA’s
  • Discounted NRCFA Nike branded leisure wear

Eligibility, Time Commitment & Requirements:

  • Aged between 15 - 35 and a Level 6, 7 or Y Referee (Trainee referees will be considered)
  • Are capable of managing administration effectively
  • Are keen, enthusiastic, dedicated and show the desire to progress within refereeing
  • Attend all Referee Development Group meetings and training events (Approx.5 per season) in Middlesbrough, with occasional meetings in York
  • Attend matches as appointed by the Referee Development Group Director
  • Regularly officiate in local football in addition to Academy Football.
  • Purchase a discounted NRCFA Referee Development Group Nike Kit package
  • Have regular access to an e-mail account for regular correspondence

How to apply for a place in the Referee Development Group

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. 

Anybody who is considering an application must be aware that travelling will be required to training meetings which typically will take place on Wednesday evenings in Middlesbrough, with occasional meetings also in York -   Dates and venues to be confirmed ahead of the new season.

If you would like to submit an application to become a member of the Referee Development Group, please download and complete the application form below and return it to Ross Joyce, Referee Development Manager via email ross.joyce@northridingfa.com or by post to:

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

Please note the deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday, 24 July 2017

Successful applicants will be informed by Friday, 04 August 2017. Successful applicants will be required to purchase and pay for the Nike kit package by Sunday, 11 August 2017. Information on how to purchase will be sent at a later date to those who are successful. 



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