Sheffield RA NEWS


This year s AGM is Thursday 18th May 2018
7.30pm start

First part is Welcome / Minutes / Chairman’s Speech and then the committee stands to be re-elected,

Second part is the awards part of the evening

Contribution to the RA and Refereeing
Up and Coming referee
Referee of the Year

Everyone’s welcome

Referee Development

Referee development is the number one priority of Sheffield Referee Association, we are about developing everyone who asks for help not just the chosen few who get specialised help and development. Anyone who wants help should be allowed to access it, we have a mentor scheme open to members who want to access it. The mentor scheme isn’t about just being at the end of the phone kits about being on the side of the side of the pitch watching.
Sheffield RA are also open to working with others, our bets training night this year was match analysis of one of our own members, this was supplied by You Are The Ref , we can’t thank them enough for their help and support. This has led to more development ideas for the coming season.

Referees you are not alone and their is help out there and we are happy to point you in the right direction, join groups for support, the 4 main ones are the Referee Association, You are the ref and Ref Support UK  , yes there is a additional cost to all 3 of these but it depends on the price you put to your development. The one that doesn’t cost additionally is the Referee Development Group run by County FA. The choice is yours but we would recommend you access at least one if not more it depends how serious you are about improving.

Training Galore

April 13th 7.00pm Start

Fitzwilliam Arms Hotel

FA Tutor – Farai Hallam

Topic – Grabbing the Opportunity

These training nights are priceless for all match officials to attend.
All officials are welcome to come along for this joint training night from the FA and the RA



Then on April 20th Sheffield RA have their own training night 7.30pm start at Carlton Club Gleadless

Then the big Training weekend, you can go just for the Sunday or all weekend with the select group of officials

Risk v Reward – Referee Development Weekend

A weekend packed full of activity with indoor workshops, outdoor practicals, Referee Awards Dinner and a quiz to name but a few

Date: 8th – 9th July 2017, Venue: Jury’s Inn, Hinckley Island and Leicester Road Football Club

Be Aware —- Be Very Aware
March 16th is a training night all on misconduct, a truly interactive evening from the second you arrive, be aware very aware anything could happen at any time.
We all have games where everything is great and then suddenly “where did that come from?

March 16th Carlton Club, Gleadless, Sheffield 7.30pm start.

We’ve not done an evening like it before, make sure your reports are spot on when submitting to CFA. Referees playing their part in RESPECT and learning their trade is priority.
Report writing is another tool in your toolbox and every bit as important as your whistle. Everyone Welcome

We have a duty of care to the game and all other referees to get our match reports spot on. #inthistogether

Sheffield RA on the radio

On Friday 3rd March, Chairman Simon Hall and committee member Steve Clayton were interviewed on BBC Radio Sheffield  regarding the referee strike. Listen to the full interview here

Proposed possible changes discussed at the last meeting RESPECT Moving Forward

Congratulations to Member Stacey Hall on her first International Appointment.
Family and mentee went to watch was a good game in blustery conditions.
Sheffield are proud of her and how far she’s come with great help and support from more experienced officials.


Sheffield RA have made contact with Sheffield and Hallamshire FA regards the impending referee strike. We have supplied the Sheffield and Hallamshire with the results of the recent survey which can be found below and offered our support to prevent the strike happening. The committee at Sheffield RA do not support strike action and believe that the changes requested and implemented by Manchester FA are suffice to start rebuilding the forgotten RESPECT campaign and start protecting officials at grassroots football and allowing them time to develop like the players they officiate for.

Survey Results

16th February 2017 Next Sheffield RA meeting:

7.30pm Carlton Club, Gleadless
Training Night

How prepared for your game are you?

Thursday 17th Feb, will be a packed evening a must for all referees.
The first part of the evening will be simple tips and guidance to improve your game, something for all referees.
Tips all referees can use and feel the difference in their game from the off.

Second part will be #lovethewhistle , as referees what do we want? With the impending referee strike what is an alternative?, what changes do people want instigated? Referee Strike UK have already started the questions, and some are clearly supported.
We will then compose all ideas and send to National RA / FA , REF SUPPORT UK for use when they meet to improve the beautiful game. #workingtogether #lovethewhistle

Meeting starts 7.30pm, Carlton Club, Gleadless 17th Feb

Membership Benefits

Mentoring – Sheffield RA offer mentoring 1:1 and Mentor days
with local clubs
Sheffield Referee Academy starts Season 2016 – 17

Membership of your local Society
Monthly meetings which includes great speakers, training,
friendship and camaraderie Full support together with advice
and guidance to help and assist in your development and
Local and National Newsletters and magazines
Entrance to the National Conference Day Event RA-FA Events
Refereeing Kit and Equipment At discounted prices

Plus Invisible Benefits

Personal insurance when officiating or attending
refereeing business
Equipment insurance
Driver Assist Legal Cover Representation at the County FA Council
Advice & support if ever assaulted
Advice & support if charged with disciplinary offence
Advise & support if suspended
RA Representation on the FA Referees’ Committee
RA Representation on the FA Council
RA Service Awards
RA Benevolent Fund

More Details and joining details