Referee Academy

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Image above showing The Durham County FA Academy at a fixture between Sunderland U21's v Newcastle United U21's at the Stadium of Light

Season 2011/2012 saw the introduction of the Durham County FA Referees Academy and is continuing to prove to be a tremendous success.

The aim of the Academy is to assist in the development, training and coaching of referees who have potential to progress to senior referee status within the County. It is designed to deliver specific and relevant training to ambitious, dedicated and talented referees.

40 of our young and aspiring Referees between the ages of 16–26 and operating as Levels 5-7 Referees have been accepted for membership and their retention is reviewed on a regular basis through their attitude, commitment and high levels of fitness being maintained throughout the Season.

This new Referee Initiative is an important part of the FA Referee Development Programme and the Directors of Durham County FA are pleased Academy Directors, Geoff Eltringham (Football League Referee) will again be running the North Academy ,and Tony Harrington (Football League Assistant Referee) will be running the South Academy.

Supported in their roles, Geoff and Tony have appointed as their Referee Coaches :

    • Russell Tiffin, ex Football League Assistant Referee and now Football League Assessor.
    • David Webb, Football League Referee
    • Sebastian Stockbridge, Football League Assistant Referee
    • Graham Fyvie, Level 2B Panel League Referee
    • Shaun Hudson, Level 3A Contributory League Referee
    • Brian Parry, ex Football League Assistant Referee and now Football League Assessor
    • Gary Beswick, Premier League Assistant Referee
    • Martin Coy, Football League Assistant Referee
    • Craig Dean, Level 4 Supply League referee

Each Referee in the Academy has been assigned a Referee Coach from the above who will provide support, encouragement and advice throughout the season.

Appointments

Academy Referees are appointed to referee Sunderland AFC, Hartlepool United FC Academy fixtures in addition to the matches they referee on local leagues and County Cup appointments. These fixtures are played in an environment where no criticism or abuse is tolerated and this creates an excellent development opportunity where referees can try new things without fear of criticism. Each match is observed by a Referee Coach who provides feedback onto the officials on how they can develop.

Academy Referees are appointed to referee Sunderland AFC, Hartlepool United FC Academy fixtures in addition to the matches they referee on local leagues and County Cup appointments. These fixtures are played in an environment where no criticism or abuse is tolerated and this creates an excellent development opportunity where referees can try new things without fear of criticism. Each match is observed by a Referee Coach who provides feedback onto the officials on how they can develop.

What is expected of an Academy Referee?

There are a lot of positives to being in a Referees Academy and as such, much is expected of them.

There are a lot of positives to being in a Referees Academy and as such, much is expected of them.

All our Academy Referees have signed a contract outlining the behaviours and attitudes that they must display at all times. Poor behaviour is not tolerated at any time, whether on Academy duty or not.

Attendance at meetings is compulsory and referees are expected at all times to be positive, receptive to constructive criticism and take advantage of all opportunities to develop their skills.

Referees are encouraged to join their local Referee Association as a further aid to help with their development.

Good correspondence is vital and referees must adhere to their responsibilities in closing dates with the Durham County FA for County Cup appointments.

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