The Referee Association is a national organisation run by referees, for referees, and is on hand to offer training, support and to provide a voice of refereeing in England.
Its Aims and Objectives are:
- Committed to improve the standard of refereeing
- Represent the interests of referees at local and national level
- Provide training and development opportunities for referees
- Provide access to the Referees’ Association Benevolent Fund to assist members in times of hardship
- Offer support and for referees involved in assaults or disciplinary actions
- Cultivate friendship and positive relationships between referees and associated bodies
The Referees’ Association and the RA-FA Youth Council (RAFAYC) will play an important role in the National Referee Strategy. This is because their nationwide structure will allow them to supplement The FA’s development work through local RA groups, who will provide important support, guidance and mentoring. Their work is especially important for new referees, young referees and all referees operating at grass roots.
The Wiltshire RA-FA Youth Council was established in 2017. It's aim to represent the views of young referees (16-25 year olds), and to promote the needs and aspirations of young referees. The group sets its own agenda and establish initiatives and projects to support, develop and recruit referees aged 16-25 year old.
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Local RA Societies
There are four RA societies that cover Wiltshire. All newly qualified referees will automatically become RA members, free of charge for the first season.