This years awards are the most difficult yet, with our up and coming officials having numerous finals, development games. This year doesn’t just include your 11 v 11 referees with an international Futsal official on the up and coming list. Sheffield RA are going from strength to strength in terms of development. The List of referees are: Up and Coming Aaron Hallam Harry Lever Sam Clayton Kian Bagnall Referee of the Year Carl Jones Russell Lagden Sam Clayton Details of our up and coming officials season are below, have a read through and use the link sent via email to decide who you want to vote for Only full Sheffield RA members can vote. Aaron Hallam This seasons been a good season for me, I’m on the northern counties east league, which is a tremendous. I’m 18 years of age and recently been promoted to level 5. My honours games this year was a CFA cup final Line (Sunday junior cup) and a middle for the U18s cup final. Next season I’ve applied for L4 and I’m soon to be carrying out my fitness test. Carl Jones This has been a busy but extremely enjoyable season for me as a Select Group Futsal Referee since it has been the first year with a fully National Futsal Super League. This has brought with it more challenging games, more travelling and more scrutiny with every game filmed and uploaded to a shared learning platform for review by ourselves and senior colleagues. I’ve had some great appointments on the League and I was honoured in November to referee my first England international home game v Wales at St George’s Park. More recently, I was first referee for the BUCS Championship Final at St George’s Park between Loughborough and Cardiff which was a great experience. I’ve just found out that I have been appointed for the next England friendly at the start of June, when they will play two games against Poland. Off the pitch, I’ve qualified as a Referee Tutor and I’ve delivered several courses to new referees and in-service training, including to the National Group Futsal Referees. I’ve also qualified as a National List Observer for Futsal and, in January, I was appointed to the Sheffield & Hallamshire Discipline Commission as an independent member. Russel Lagden This season was my second successive promotion and I achieved level 5. I have worked on my fitness with the RA and Andy Hogg and also worked to put together the assistant referee night as well as the junior league night with Steve Clayton. I was awarded the U-13’s girls cup final after I received the wragg league’s over 45’s semi final. I have been mentored by Simon hall and hope to have achieved our targets as well as running the mentoring scheme and also mentoring myself. Sam Clayton This season has been a great one for me and my best to date! I have had to the opportunity to officiate on many great games this season but the stand out ones must be the U14s Premier League Youth Tournament final, the Sheffield U18s final and S&H County Association Cup final. Also, I have managed to achieve my Level 4 promotion, which I’m training for my fitness test now which is next month! For the cherry on top of the cake, I’ve just finished my degree in Sport Business Management! Kian Bagnall To start with pre-season I was an assistant referee in my first WPL game between Sheffield F.C Ladies and Swansea City Ladies F.C. I began to referee in the U18 league at the age of 16, and have been involved in a numerous amount of county senior games as an assistant referee as well as being an official during many junior league cup games and league games. This season I have also applied for promotion from level 7 to level 6 and have been involved in the Youdan tournament at Sheffield United F.C. My season had been temporarily stopped due to me breaking my collar bone, which meant I was unable to referee any semi finals or finals but I have been given the all clear and have been given the opportunity to be part of the officials team to participate in the Football Aid 2018 at Bramall Lane. Harry Lever My first season in U18s and open-age football has been a very successful one for me personally. I feel confident doing any games allocated to me and I have taken the games that I have done in my stride. This season has concluded with my allocation to the U18 league cup final, the semi final of the U18 Crossley Decorators cup, and 2 games at the SHGCL finals day, as well as officiating on the Clegg Shield Final at Bramall Lane.