Chairman’s Letter – July 2020


Dear Friends, colleagues, past, present and future members of York Referees’ Association.

Well, what strange times we have endured these past few months. Just when we were looking forward to plum appointments, promotions and otherwise enjoying our Football Refereeing in all its forms, football was pulled out from under our feet.

However, there is some light at the end of the long tunnel and although watching professional football in empty stadiums barely compensates, it nevertheless helps to reignite our love and enthusiasm for the game.

I am optimistic that at local level, we can look forward to resuming and ‘getting on with the game, from September.

North Riding County FA are making preparations for the re commencement of Football in our area, the Club and Referee Registration process is now open and the Leagues can affiliate from 13th July.  The York Minster Engineering League Premier League will hopefully kick-off on Saturday 8th August with the other York Leagues planning to commence on the weekend of 5/6th September.

Here at York RA, we have kept abreast of developments within the National RA and our own dedicated Committee have met (Via Zoom) to prepare for next season and to look after all our best interests.

We have made a provisional date to hold our 1st Meeting of the new Season on Thursday 3rd September 2020 at the usual venue of the York Hospital Club (put that date in your diary now).    York NHS Social Club, Whitecross Road, YO31 8JR

If there are still social distancing rules to follow then we can accommodate that as the Club has ample space and facilities to do so.

Confirmation of that meeting will be published later but we intend to hold the Annual General Meeting as a first agenda item, keeping the time down to a minimum, followed by a key guest speaker from within the professional game.

In relation to the AGM, should anyone wish to stand on the Committee for next season then please either let me know personally or, turn up at the meeting and put yourself forward.

Due to the Codiv 19 pandemic, as our season ended prematurely, we had no opportunity to hold an AGM, the Annual Dinner or make presentation to our successful Match Officials.

We are in the process of recognising your past achievements and suitable mementoes will be presented at a future meeting.

Our Annual Dinner, which is a fantastic social occasion, was clearly cancelled at short notice but we have re booked for next season so put Friday 21st May 2021 into your diary as an event not to be missed.

FA Premier League Referee Andy Madley was to be our guest speaker at that event and he is still waiting in the wings for a future invite, such is our respect our Association holds within the Professional game.

Now, we need to get back to the real business of supporting you, our York & District based Referees, Observers, Mentors and supporters of all things Refereeing so, one of the initiatives for this coming season will be a significant reduction in our annual membership fees.

For full adult members, the fee for 2020/21 will be £15 if paid up before the end of October. After that the fee will increase to £20. That is a reduction of £8 & £3 respectively so please take advantage of this offer. For those of you who pay annually via direct debit, fear not the necessary arrangements have been made for the appropriate deduction.

Of course, 1st Year Referees and New Members signing up for the first time are welcome free of charge and for those members under 18, the membership fee is £6 only.

“What do I get for my Fifteen Quid?” you may ask. Well, you become a member of the National RA with all the benefits which they afford, for example, inclusion on the RA Insurance Policy and numerous discounts on items of Referee equipment and various other benefits which are well advertised on the National RA Website  In addition to that, you will be supported by the National RA should you require the services of a suitably qualified professional to represent you in any Refereeing matter that you may become involved.

Locally, you join a very well established and respected Association where we provide a social aspect to our in house training and development. You only have to trawl back through past meetings to see that the quality of guest speakers are second to none. From Martin Atkinson to Jon Moss, Andy Halliday (VAR Expert), Gary Kellett (Senior Match Observer), Liam Slack (PGMOL Sports scientist), Andy Madley, Mark Haywood and Paul Tierney to name but a few. Where else can you listen and learn from the experiences of these guys whilst at the same time being entertained.

We are recognised as being one of the top 10 Local Referee Associations in the Country and we intend to enhance that profile but, can only do so with your support.

All our top professional Match officials and I mean, all of them, joined there local RA at the start of their careers and ALL of them are still members today.

Just think what you could achieve when in the company of our Nation’s best, in a safe and enjoyable environment……worth the effort I can tell you.

For our younger Match officials, can I offer my encouragement for you to come along, in the knowledge that you are safe and will benefit from the experience of listening to others, who have all gone through the same processes and climbed the same ladders as you are doing right now.

I would encourage parents or adult family members to support their young Referee by also coming along to our meetings and can tell you that on our Committee we have an appointed Welfare officer who is held in very high regard within the North Riding County FA safeguarding community.

We welcome all those involved in Refereeing, whether you blow a whistle, hold a flag, work as an administrator, support our Referees through the mentoring or observing schemes or are simply a retired official in some Refereeing capacity who is able and would enjoy passing on valuable experience.

This message is designed to ignite your enthusiasm for the new season. Writing it has certainly set my pulse racing again and I look forward to meeting and teaming up with you all in the very near future.

Should you or the parents of young Referees have any queries, concerns or questions then please do not hesitate to contact me direct or any member of our Committee. My details are appended below and Committee details are included on our website

We will endeavour to keep you abreast of developments but for now, clean the boots, oil the whistle, iron the flag, sharpen the pencil, get fit and stay safe.

With my very Best Wishes.



Alan Kaye

Chairman, York RA

(H) 01653 648759

(M) 07789 005327

National RA Event News

Latest Updates on Events:

  • Obviously the Eve of Final Rally did not take place 0n 22 May
  • Development weekend (July 2020) has been cancelled
  • National RA AGM will take place on 4 July 2020 (Zoom meeting

The email from the RA is detailed below:


I trust you are all keeping well during this unprecedented period of national lockdown.

At this time of the year, we are usually reflecting on the end of the current season and already preparing for the next one  –  but these are far from normal times.

Since March, we have sadly lost a number of RA Members to Covid-19, and we are aware of some others who are continuing to battle against this terrible disease.  During this extraordinary period, The RA has been supporting those of you who are in need, and will continue to do so.

On Friday 22nd May 2020 we were due to hold our annual Eve of Final Rally, but for obvious reasons this has now been postponed and is highly unlikely to be held in its current format this year.  If and when the 2020 FA Cup Final is played, we will work with our stakeholders to arrange a suitable presentation to the Match Officials involved.  We anticipate that the Rally will return to its normal format and venue in 2021.

Our flagship event, the annual Development Weekend, was due to be held over the weekend of Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th July 2020.  Because of continuing regulations affecting the venue at DeVere Staverton, the event has now been unavoidably postponed until 2021, details of which will be provided next season.  For those of you who have already paid to attend this year, our Events Team will be arranging all necessary refunds in due-course.  They can be contacted via , but we would ask you to please be patient whilst these repayments are activated.

The RA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will still take place as planned on Saturday 4th July 2020 at 3:00pm, but it will be held via the virtual platform of “Zoom”.  We will be sending out AGM papers, plus how to get involved, in the next few weeks.

I can confirm that postponement of the Eve of Final Rally and the Development Weekend comes without any financial impacts to the RA in any way.  In particular, I would like to take the opportunity to thank Reg Pullen and his Treasury Team for their diligence in overseeing the various contracts and negotiations involved, which for these 2020 events all began back in 2019.

During recent months, a number of LRAs have begun holding “virtual” Branch Meetings, which have been highly successful  –  please keep up the good work in showing what the RA can provide even in a period of football lockdown.

One final but important request!  Can all LRAs (and CRAs if appropriate) please ensure that Head Office has the correct current details for your principal Officers, such as Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer, ahead of important announcements going out shortly regarding reduced subscription rates for NRA membership in 2020-2021 season.

And to all those RA members who are doing great things within the NHS, working in Care Homes, or providing other essential services:

On behalf of the Association and the Nation:   THANK YOU


With kind regards

Paul Field, Chairman

The Referees’ Association


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National RA AGM

AGM 2020

We previously advised you that (by the stipulated deadline of 1st February 2020) we had received just one Proposed Rule Change for 2020, and no Notices of Motion.

Rule Change 2020[52229]

By the stipulated deadline of 31/03/20, we had received no Amendments to that one Proposed Rule Change, which therefore now proceeds accordingly.

Please therefore find attached for your information and reference:

  • a further copy of the one Proposed Rule Change for AGM 2020;

which has already been uploaded to the RA Website for debate.

Voting papers will be sent out to Societies once the qualifying number of votes per LRA is known, based on their individual paid-up RA membership figure as at the end of April 2020.

For Life and Direct Members, you get one vote each, and (for convenience) your own voting paper will also be sent out simultaneously at the beginning of May 2020.

In all cases, full instructions on how to submit your vote will accompany the voting papers when these are sent out to you.

This year’s AGM is scheduled to take place on the afternoon of Saturday 4th July 2020 at the DeVere Hotel in Staverton, and we look forward to your participation.

Meanwhile:  Stay Safe & Keep Well.

Michael Oliver at Middlesbrough RA…..

Middesbrough Referees’ Association – Meeting Agenda

Thursday 8th August 2019

Venue: Middlesbrough & District Motor Club, Coulby Manor, Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough, TS8 0RP


7.00-7:15pm Arrival and sign in/ registration

7.15-7:30pm Business meeting and presentation of Middlesbrough RA Referee of the Year

7.30-8:15pm Presentation by FIFA and Premier League Referee Michael Oliver Part 1

8.15-8:45pm Interval for food**, refreshments and raffle draw

8.45-9.30pm Presentation by FIFA and Premier League Referee Michael Oliver Part 2 – Any questions

9.45pm Meeting Close

For safety reasons, under 18s must be accompanied by an adult and please confirm your attendance or send apologies to:


Message from RA Vice Chairman – Enhancements to RA Insurance

To: All RA Members

Re: Further enhancements to the RA Insurance Policy


The recent March 2016 edition of the RA Newsletter advised all of you about major enhancements to the cover provided for RA Members under the RA Insurance Policy as from today:

 Personal Effects = up from £200 to £300;

 Referees Kit = up from £200 to £300;

 Dental cover = up from £200 to £250;

 plus other improvements and new Sections.

Well, the news has just got even better! We went back again to our insurance providers on your behalf and asked them to sharpen their pencil even further. As a result, we can now confirm the following two additional increases in cover which both take effect as from today:

 Personal Effects = now £350 (up another £50);

 Referees Kit = now £350 (up another £50).

Don’t forget that our Policy also encompasses physiotherapy (including injuries), rehabilitation, public liability, a constant legal helpline, funeral expenses, counselling, total disablement, medical expenses, victim support, hospitalisation, broken bones, plus other benefits and special offers.

These are subject to standard Terms & Conditions. We are extremely grateful to Paul Bentley from our brokers Spencer Hayes Insurance, whose hard work has produced such excellent results for you, our members. We are confident that the RA Insurance Policy is now the market-leader, offering referees the best cover and VFM in the country. But remember – it is only available to FULL MEMBERS of the RA. If you still think that any other provider offers more than we do for the same level of annual premium, then please show us the full policy evidence so we can investigate – we are determined that we will not be beaten!

Just a few points to bear in mind:

 these enhancements automatically kick in today under your current cover (30/09/15 – 29/09/16);

 there is no further action or payment of any kind required on your part;

 all the new cover levels will be carried forward for 2016/17, with the premium staying at £4;

 you are now getting “a lot more for not a penny more”;

 another example of the RA again providing “something for everyone”.

Best Regards,

Ian .

Ian Campbell – RA Board Vice-Chairman