Last updated on 13 January 2014
A welcome message for the 2014/15 FA Young Referee Development Programme by Daniel Meeson, National Referee Manager
Young Referee Development Programme 2014/15
You may be aware that I recently wrote to your County FA Referee Development Officer requesting nominations for the 2014/15 FA Young Referee Development Programme (YRDP).
After going through a period of reviewing the applications, I am delighted to inform you that your nomination was successful.
You will now become a delegate on a two year programme which will consist of a ‘Foundation year’ in 2014 and then, as we build and develop you for the future, 2015 will see you move into the ‘Advanced year’. The programme was the brain child of the FA Referees’ Committee Chairman, David Elleray, who led the first FA Young Referees Conference in 2002. David remains actively involved and I am sure he will be taking the opportunity to formally welcome everyone at this year’s Conference.
A good proportion of the YRDP will occur through distance learning and everything you will need for your involvement will be hosted on this dedicated YRDP website.
At this stage, the site will still contain much of the information for the last intake of delegates who enjoyed the experience for the 2012-2013 programme. Please have a browse and scan some of the information to get an idea of the programme. We will shortly start uploading regular updated features, articles, discussion forums, video clips and Laws of the Game quizzes for you to learn from and enjoy. Very soon, I will be issuing an e-learning ‘point of contact’ which is to be used sensibly as a reference point in conjunction with your County FA RDO as you enjoy your time on the programme. All of the points of contact will be part of my support team at the two YRDP Conferences that you will need to attend. This will give you ample opportunity to discuss any issues, challenges and questions that you may have in relation to your Refereeing career.
Your availability to attend the 2014 and 2015 Conferences was part of the nomination criteria, so I confirm that the 2014 Conference will take place as follows:
Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July 2014 at Staverton Park, Daventry, Northants.
(Overnight accommodation will be provided on the Saturday for all delegates)
For now, may I conclude by congratulating you on becoming part of this prestigious FA programme. Over the last 10 years a number of high profile match officials within the professional game have progressed through this programme - Michael Oliver, Stuart Attwell, Sian Massey, Bobby Madley, Stuart Burt and Darren England are examples of very successful officials who ‘graduated’ from the programme. With hard work, dedication and sacrifice there is no reason why you can not join that list! We will do our best to help you do so!
FA National Referee Manager.
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