Emily Brown - Referee
THIS WEEK WE WILL BE CELEBRATING DIFFERENT INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN IN OUR COUNTY.
TODAY IS THE TURN OF EMILY BROWN, AN AFFILIATED REFEREE
Tell us about how you got involved in refereeing?
I was participating in after school football training events with the foundation of light and was asked by Helen Edwards if I had ever thought about refereeing. From there, she sorted out everything and I completed the course in May 2019.
What do you enjoy about refereeing?
I enjoy learning more about the sport as well as being able to help others play too. I especially enjoy refereeing the younger teams at my club Pools Youth FC.
What are your greatest achievements in refereeing so far and why?
I would say that my biggest achievement so far is representing Durham FA in a girls grassroots development event at St. Georges park in march of last year. Also, when I completed my course, I found out I was the youngest there which was daunting at first however pushed me more to prove myself.
What is your best memory in refereeing?
Attending the event at St. Georges park was an amazing memory as I was able to meet many girls my age and older who enjoy the same things as me and share tips and experiences.
What are your goals in refereeing?
I hope to be able to reach a high standard that could help me in my chosen career path.
What are the biggest obstacles you have faced to date?
With the COVID-19 pandemic, I have missed out on a lot of experience which, as a newly qualified referee, may have helped me. This also meant that I became quite nervous on my first game back after such a long break.
What advice would you give to females wishing to get involved in refereeing?
To any girls looking to get involved in refereeing, I would say to take every piece of advice you get. I would also recommend attending development events as these may help you in your journey. This will allow you to talk to highly qualified referees who can answer any questions you may have and teach you things you may not already know.