Female Refereeing

The FA Women and Girls Referee Development Event - 12th March 2022

8 of our young referees attended the national event last weekend hosted by the FA at Warwick University. It was a great success with over 120 women and girls in attendance.

It was great to have Holly Middleton, Chloe West, Katie Battman, Hope Cairns, Leah Coulson, Jessica Knapp, Ellie Mason and Courtney Mole represent Durham FA at the development event.

It was lead by Jo Stimpson (FA Head of Women’s refereeing) and included prominent female officials at the event such as PGMOL WSL director Bibi Steinhaus-Webb and a number of WSL match officials.

Jeesica Knapp said “Absolutely loved it, definitely has to be the highlight of my year, made so many friends as well as having so much fun. The best part was the inspirational speech, gave me so much confidence for the game to follow; I also loved how important you feel in a room full of amazing people. Made friends ill keep forever best people I've ever met.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the whole event. There were different workshops at different times that were centred around key areas of refereeing such as decision making, team work, and building confidence. These sessions allowed me to talk to people I had never met before and encouraged us to work together. For me, they boosted my confidence in refereeing and have definitely increased my ability as a referee. There was a Q&A session with four experienced referees where they answered questions asked by Joanna Stimpson and also the audience. We also got to take part and listen to Bibi Steinhaus-Webb who was named as female referee of the decade. She gave an inspiring speech which gave us all a lot of useful information to think about.” – Holly Middleton

With the Women’s Euros being held in England this year hopefully this will inspire the next generation of female officials within Durham FA.