wilts refs academy

Referee Academy

shane mansfield

The role of the Wiltshire Referee Academy is to support and develop a select group of referees who have been identified as having the potential to reach the higher levels of refereeing.

The academy also supports new trainee referees offering them mentoring opportunities as the complete their first 5 games and support to referees need some additional support with their refereeing.

The main part of the academy is based at Lydiard Park Academy Swindon and is run in conjunction with Swindon Town FC football academy. We are also looking to develop a second base at Melksham Town’s Oakfield site working with Melksham Town Youth FC & the Mid Wilts Youth League.

In addition, we also hold In-service events through the season at various locations around the County.


A safe, enjoyable and positive learning environment, with regular mentoring support, from tutors and senior referees on match days and
individual one to one peer support where required.  
The opportunity to referee many of academy sides from professional clubs across England. A minimum of 2 training days which will be led by senior tutors, and senior referee including Wiltshire’s Premier League & Football League referees.

It is not our intention to appoint referees exclusively to academy fixtures every week as it is vital that referees still have opportunity to experience other leagues and teams. 

Beside the opportunity of getting regular development advice, from a senior refereeing colleagues. Referees receive a £20.00 match fee. 

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