It gives me great pleasure, as Chairman of The FA Referees’ Committee, to welcome you to the Young Referees’ Development Programme. The development and progress of all referees is vitally important, but my FA colleagues and I are especially interested in those who are starting their refereeing careers at a young age.
Your County FA has nominated you as a young, active, committed referee who shows the potential, for progress but to realise that potential needs focus, commitment and hard work – all of which start now!
The National Referee Development Programme (NRDP) was launched last year to provide a clear pathway for all referees, from the time they enter refereeing through to becoming a Supply League referee. The Young Referees’ Development Programme (YRDP) is part of the NRDP and is a restructuring of the Young Referees’ Conference which in the past helped develop many referees, including Michael Oliver and Stuart Atwell.
The FA Referees’ Committee approved the change from a Young Referees’ Conference to the YRDP as they believe it is an exciting change which will provide exactly what is needed to aid the development of England’s young referees.
The YRDP consists of three elements:
There is a real need to learn whilst you are refereeing. The challenge of managing a game of football, controlling what goes on, making effective decisions etc….are all key aspects of being a good referee. This programme will undoubtedly develop your referee skills, but the experienced tutors and educators who will deliver the programme, cannot do everything for you. You must take responsibility for yourself and ensure that you listen carefully, take in as much information as possible and then decide how you are going to put it into practice the information and experiences gained.
As a promising young referee it is important you have goals and targets. Make sure they are realistic – develop sensible short, medium and long term goals and work hard to ensure you achieve them.
I sincerely hope you will take the many opportunities this programme will offer you to develop your skills to become a better referee.
Good Luck and ‘Learn and Enjoy’!
Chairman, The FA Referees’ Committee
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