New referee development roles in Essex

PUBLISHED: 09:00 07 July 2013


New roles involving training and coaching of referees

Following last season’s successful introduction of an enhanced Referee Development Team in Essex, details have been released relating to future enhancements for season 2013/14, with particular attention being drawn to important roles involving Colchester United and Southend United plus a female ambassadorial position.

To further support the development work within the several key areas of refereeing, a structure has been put in place which includes specialist knowledge from the volunteers involved. Applications have already been received for several coordination vacancies, now the Essex County FA are keen to home in on Referee Coach vacancies in the Colchester and Southend Schools of Excellence as well as that of Female Ambassador.

The roles at Colchester and Southend involve the training and coaching of referees who have the potential to progress through the School of Excellence and into the local leagues as a senior referee. They encompass assisting the Essex County FA Referee Development Officer, James Lisher, by identifying a panel of match officials, supporting with appointments, matchday liaison and designing and implementing a yearly development programme.

Essex’s Female Ambassador will perform similar tasks but, more specifically, with referees who are women or girls. Recruitment and awareness of the refereeing pathway will be crucial, as will acting as a positive role model. Like the other two positions, there will also be the responsibility of assisting the Referee Development Officer, distributing the appropriate training materials and attending Referee Development Team meetings.

In addition to these, anyone interested in assessing, coaching, mentoring or tutoring match officials can come forward so they can be sent details of forthcoming workshops. Lisher said: “We’re always looking to recruit new faces to help us bring through the referees of the future and develop those who wish to progress. I’d welcome all applications to become a part of our new Referee Development Team.”

Full role descriptions can be found at To apply for any of the above, please send a covering letter detailing why you wish to be considered, marked private and confidential, to James Lisher, preferably by E-Mail at no later than Monday 8th July. Details on refereeing are also available via Twitter @EssexCountyFA and on Facebook by liking ‘EssexFootball’.

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