FA Centre of Refereeing Excellence (FA CORE)

FA CORE is an emerging and exciting Refereeing structure that aims to provide an identified number of Referees with quality training, education and de

FA CORE is for those Referees who have both the opportunity and clear potential to progress in Refereeing regardless of which part of the country they are from, their gender or their age. Referees involved in FA CORE at all levels must always possess (amongst other aspects) the appropriate levels of:

  • Focus and Commitment
  • Enthusiasm to progress
  • Off-field attitude
  • Professionalism
  • Fitness

Referees will benefit from a season long programme where the FA will provide them with a trained, motivated and accredited Referee Coach who will be the point of contact throughout their time on FA CORE at that specific tier of the structure.  There will be 5 tiers of the FA CORE programme which will provide training, education, development and coaching for Referees from level 7 to level 2b.

FA CORE will be delivered primarily through 8 regions (see 8 regions and connecting counties under separate cover). Overseeing each regional centre and their associated Referees and Coaching Workforce will be a Centre Leader. This person will be the link person to the Football Association Head of Refereeing Neale Barry and National Referee Development Manager Daniel Meeson. Whilst the FA will have overall responsibility for the Coaches, trainers and Referees within each of the regions, much of the work carried out should be supported, overseen and ‘quality’ checked by the Centre Leader on a regular and formal basis.

Roles and Responsibilities of Centre Leader may include:

  • Link person between the FA CORE regions and The FA
  • Oversee all of the training, education and development material delivered within their region
  • Ensure that FA CORE Referees in their region receive quality support, resources and training each time they come into the regional centre environment.
  • Provide support and guidance to FA CORE Coaches and FA CORE Trainers on refereeing matters
  • Refer matters relating to coach / referee relationship issues to the FA National Referee Development Manager and the FA Referee Coaching & Mentoring Manager
  • Is responsible for ensuring that the training material and resources provided by the FA is imbedded in any training event.
  • Encourage Coaches and Referees to complete self-study and reflection through e-learning material.
  • Should identify and arrange a suitable facility to host an FA Regional training event 4 times per year for each tier of the FA CORE structure
  • Submit 2 reports per season on all Referees operating within the Regional Centre directly to the FA National Referee Development Manager Daniel Meeson and seek opportunities to observe their Referees in action where possible.
  • Provide feedback across the season on their Coaches to both the FA National Referee Development Manager Daniel Meeson & FA Referee Coaching & Mentoring Manager, Rob McCarthy
  • Work alongside The FA to help quality assure and support the ongoing development of their Coaches

Interested parties should submit their CV and covering letter to Daniel Meeson Daniel.meeson@thefa.com by Friday 13th May 2016.

An interview process may then be required to follow up your application. Remuneration and recognition will be discussed upon interview. Any form of financial remuneration will be honorarium based.

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