Little did I know when accepting the position of Chairman at the 2019 AGM that the world would change!
Indeed, as I enter my 3rd Term of Office, I have yet to experience the wonderful occasion of the Annual Dinner where I could delight in recognising the yearly achievements of all our Match Officials.
Although the pandemic is not fully under control, as a committee we now feel more safe and secure to recommence face to face monthly meetings and I am eagerly awaiting our first meeting of the new season which will be held at York Hospital Club on Thursday 2nd September 2021.
Given what has happened over the past 18 months, it has been difficult to motivate and inspire colleagues. Some will have found other interests and hobbies and others will have simply moved on in their personal circumstances.
However, at York RA we have a dedicated Team of Officials who have maintained a high level of interest over these difficult times and as a committee, we are keen to bring back good times.
We pride ourselves on being able to encourage top quality guest speakers to our meetings and we are always seeking out ways to entertain, educate and put together a meeting content which will aide the development of all Match Officials/Mentors/Observers and others interested in Refereeing.
I am confident that as we move forward and the new season evolves, enthusiasm for Football at local level will rise back up and our game will see many of you regain the enjoyment of Refereeing and get back on the progression ladder, in hope of achieving your full potential.
We here at York RA are committed to helping each one of you derive much enjoyment from your games and our meetings are designed to build on the superb work of the NRCFA but doing so in a relaxed, informal and enjoyable setting.
It is my hope, as we get back to all things normal, that we can build up our membership for the benefit of our membership where all will be welcome, particularly our Junior Referees and their parents.
So, as I enter my 3rd term, looking forward to the dinner next year, can I encourage you to come along to our meetings, enjoy yourselves and learn a little along the way.
I wish you all a successful Season and I look forward to meeting you and sharing your company in due course.
The York Minster Engineering Football League Cup Finals
are being played at
York Community Stadium
Saturday 12th June 2021
and we would love some help
Thank you to the volunteers who have already contacted us with offers of help, I will be in touch with you very soon with more details. We do still need collectors for this event for any of the below shift slots.
If you or friends/family would like to help with collections please do let us know.
A night with the Elite: In collaborationwith Give To Local – Refereeing Webinar 15th April 6PM-8PM
A young referee from Durham has arranged the below and attached event. I would be grateful if you could distribute to your membership and include the below bullet points in the email (please note that the bullet points are taken directly from Joe Blackbourne’s email, who is the organiser of the event).
The event has some outstanding guest speakers and is supporting the If U Care Share Charity.
We have partnered with a North East charity, “If U Care Share”, which focuses on suicide prevention.
The webinar will take place on Thursday 15th April 2021, between 6 PM and 8PM.
It is free for people to watch/participate in. To register, all you have to do is follow this link: http://attend.zoho.eu/8nx
To raise money for If U Care Share, we are doing a raffle at the end of the webinar, including a 1-night B&B in a 5* studio apartment in Manchester and a VIP drinks package at Leila Lily’s 212. To enter this raffle, what we are asking is for a minimum £5 donation to our donation page, making sure a full name is left on the donation message so we can contact the winner post-webinar. The link being: https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/mypage/raisetheflag
The Government / FA have announced that as from 29 March 2021, games are allowed at grassroots level and from 12 April begins step 2 of the roadmap
The full FA Guidance can be found here, with more reference for Match Officials…..basically as before with protocols such as washing hands, social distancing, etc. Go to matches changed and shower at home
Guidance has therefore been updated to reflect the changes to national restrictions. The key changes to note are in relation to spectators, use of changing rooms and outdoor hospitality
As organised sport can resume, all participants may travel to games but should avoid travel at the busiest times and routes, as well as minimising any unnecessary journeys where possible. All participants must follow the Government’s guidance on safer travel. Participants should note that this guidance will be updated as we move through the different steps of the Government’s roadmap. All participants should therefore regularly review this guidance to make sure they are following up to date information
Changing rooms can be used as part of step two of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown. However, participants should minimise their use of changing facilities where possible. Toilets will be allowed to open, 30 minutes before and 30 minutes after training and/or matches
On 7 April, the Government updated its guidance in relation to spectators. This confirms that at Step Two and Step One B, spectators are not permitted to attend sporting events taking place on private land, other than adults needed to supervise U18s that they have a responsibility for or providing care or assistance to a person with disabilities. They should maintain social distance and not mix with other households. This does not prevent people from viewing recreational or organised sport that is taking place in a public space, e.g. a park, at Step One B or Step Two, in groups of up to six people or two households. However, sporting events that are intended to attract spectators (including ticketed football matches), or events that are likely to attract a significant number of spectators (e.g. matches that would attract a large crowd) should not take place in a public space, or on private land, until step three
Where clubs and facilities can accommodate this safely, parents and carers are permitted to be present at football activities, although they must observe the relevant Government COVID-19 guidance, including those on gathering limits for spectators
As part of step two of the Government’s roadmap, indoor football for U18s can take place in line with Department for Education and Out of School Setting guidance. All participants should read and follow this guidance for all indoor football activities
Disabled people can take part in organised outdoor and indoor football without being subject to social contact limits
Indoor football for adults is not currently allowed. This is planned to return no earlier than Monday 17 May for adults, as part of step three of the Government’s roadmap
This guidance applies to all youth and adult football and Futsal, including all formats of the game. If there are any further updates from the Government, we will communicate these in due course and we’ll continue to update our guidance as we move through the different steps of the roadmap out of lockdown
It’s extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers, and facility providers continue to strictly follow both the UK Government’s latest guidance on COVID-19 and respective bespoke guidance documents from the FA. Any incidents of non-compliance will be reported to the local County Football Association
Register of attendees; R Joyce; A Kaye; D King; J & C Ledgeway; P Ballantyne; I Hotchkies; G Mann; S Jackson; A Rose; H Oaten; R Rich; M Ellis; V Mollov; T Shepherdson; T Sparrow; M Cottingham; J Black; J Logue; S Lewis; A McEvoy; S Nelson.
Apols were received from Mssrs; D Holmes; B Casterton; J Unwin; S Bayley.
The Chairman; Alan Kaye welcomed all to the meeting, he outlined plans for the forthcoming months and troubles that have occurred over the past months. Wished BC speedy recovery.
Dave King, then gave an update on the national RA with their zoom sessions and forthcoming presentations. ie this Sunday 17th Jan a RA/FA Virtual Summit covering various speakers (including Liam Slack) ex York RA speaker. York RA web is updated regularly / regular newsletter.
John Ledgeway, membership stands at 30 odd. £15 (£12 to RA covering insurance). York RA have decided that any person renewing membership from now until the end of the RA year at Aug can now pay £10 / £6 U18 and reductions for new referees
Ross Joyce, CFA Development Manager then gave an update of the plans for future, to keep us all occupied. Various modules; Remote Learning; Zoom presentations with guests (8 Feb next date); topic for young and older refs. Social Media (#NRCFARefDev).
Also looking to develop a Match Officials Consultation Group.
Stressed need for referees to keep up to date with Safeguarding (online) and DBS
Q&A, curtailing of the season; pressure on refs.
The chairman gave a vote of thanks.
AoB; discussion on ; new venue; Sept start for the season; membership; reminder for RA zoom presentation.
Meeting closed 8.25
A quick committee meeting followed; comm meeting 25th Feb; 4th March meeting.
York RA meeting online – 14 Jan 2021, starting at 1930 hrs
You will soon receive an invite to attend the meeting next Thursday (14 Jan)
There will be an update from the Chairman on local football as well as National RA matters eg. Refs Virtual Summit in conjunction with the PGMOL on 17 Jan
For any non-members wanting to take advantage of RA training zoom events (recently with Howard Webb an Bobby Madley), York RA offers membership until Sept 2021 at a discounted rate of £10 (free to new and first year refs, only £2 for second year refs and £6 for under 18’s)
The brief update will be followed by an evening with Ross Joyce, NRCFA Referee Development Manager
This will provide all referees an update on what the County FA offers, as well as an update on the COVID-19 situation and grassroots football
Ross will also cover various strategies the County develops to help referees……training, support, etc.
Remember, you are not alone and York RA and NRCFA are there to help you where needed
The rest of this season is looking precarious at the moment…..the committee are working hard to ensure that when we are all back onside that dates, venues, subjects, etc are ready as soon as we are allowed to do so
The situation is always fluid and the sooner local football is back on the agenda, the better
If you need any assistance or guidance then please contact any York RA committee member or myself (David King at email@example.com)
The Chairman, Alan Kaye, is always available also at firstname.lastname@example.org
A full list of York RA officers / committee can be found here
The FA has on 4 January 2021 issued further guidance regarding Non-elite football
Essentially local grassroots football has been suspended
The full statement is below:
As a result, the impact on ‘non elite’ football in England will include the suspension of fixtures and training across the following, with immediate effect:
Steps three to six of the National League System (NLS)
Tiers three to seven of the Women’s Football Pyramid
Regional NLS feeder leagues
Barclays FA WSL Academy League (unless under elite status)
FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs (unless under elite status)
All indoor and outdoor youth and adult grassroots football, including under-18s (except organised outdoor football for disabled people which is allowed to continue)
Vitality Women’s FA Cup (which is currently classified as ‘non-elite’ at this stage in the competition)
It is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers and facility providers adhere to the UK Government’s new national COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and we implore everyone to follow these.
Dialogue will continue with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, leagues, competitions and County FAs and we will provide further updates for the 2020/21 Vitality Women’s FA Cup, Buildbase FA Vase and ‘non-elite’ football when relevant.
We would like to thank the football community once again for its hard work, resilience and understanding during such an incredibly challenging period for both the game and wider society.
Remember you are not alone and if you need any help you can contact York RA on your County FA
You can finds further guidance from the FA on Referees Mental Health via the link below, including further guidance notes