North Riding FA Launch Personal Safety Trial

Announcing a ground-breaking initiative to help referees and all involved in football feel safer

North Riding FA are delighted to announce a partnership with help me Angela, who have supported the County FA initiative to help referees feel safer using their personal safety app, providing trialists with a Guardian Angel 24/7.

The County FA take personal safety in the footballing community very seriously and completely endorse the help me Angela statement that “feeling safe is not a privilege, it is our right.”

We are running a six-month trial with all registered referees, who will be invited to join the North Riding FA and help me Angela personal safety community.

We believe everybody should have their own guardian angel, because feeling safe is not a privilege, it is your right. Sadly, this is not the case on many occasions in modern day society and it is now time to make a change.

help me Angela has created a personal safety community with an individual safety program that helps people feel safer:

Uses leading edge tech with access to UK based safety specialists 24/7 
Send real time safety alerts 
And when you need us – we’ve got you 

24/7 incident response 
escalation to 999 and Emergency services
treatment and recovery program. 

Please see a short film to find out more below. 

North Riding FA CEO, Steven Wade, said: “North Riding FA is committed to helping those involved in football feel safe. Unfortunately, that has never felt more important than at this present time in society. 

“We are delighted to be working in partnership with help me Angela to launch this trial. I would encourage our referees, and anyone else involved in football in North Riding, who is concerned about their personal safety, be that in football or in their everyday lives, to take advantage of this offer.”

Ross Joyce, Referee Development Manager at North Riding FA, added: “We’re delighted to be working alongside Graham and the wider team at help me Angela to introduce this fantastic trial opportunity to our referee community. The health, wellbeing and safety of our referees is of paramount importance to us, and I strongly encourage everybody who wants to feel safer, both in and outside of football, to take up this opportunity with the platform.”  

Graham Barber, Co-Founder of help me Angela and ex-Premier League & International Referee, added: “We are delighted to be working with North Riding FA on this project. Collectively, we all believe that help me Angela will help the referees on the trial and the football community in the county feel safer. I believe that feeling safe is not a privilege, it is our right and we should enjoy our involvement in football without living in fear.”

Your Safety

To find out more about how to feel safer when going about your own daily lives, visit:



For further information about the trial and how you can go about joining the personal safety community, contact:

Email: hello@helpmeangela.com