If You Care Share

Information you may find useful……from the RA

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
  • Any questions which people would like to ask guest speakers can be submitted through this link: https://forms.gle/obkmsPo5zxRT5Zah
  • 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

COVID-19 Update….April 2021

Well, we are back with Grassroots football……..

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

Travel

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

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

Spectators

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

Parents/Carers

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

Indoor football

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 

Outdoor hospitality

As part of step two of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, outdoor hospitality at grassroots football is permitted. All participants must follow Government guidance on hospitality settings and specific advice for sport facility operators available on the Government’s website. People using clubhouses and hospitality facilities must adhere to legal gathering limits and wider Government guidance. Please note that while outdoor hospitality is permitted, spectators are not allowed at games unless on public land

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

The full government guidance can be found here

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stay safe…….

York RA Meeting minutes – 14 January 2021

York RA Online meeting – 14 January 2021

With 21 members and guests attending.

 

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.

The Referees' Association

York RA online meeting – Thursday 14 January 2021

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 york.ref@ntlworld.com)

The Chairman, Alan Kaye,  is always available also at alan.kaye3886@btinternet.com

A full list of York RA officers / committee can be found here

Stay safe……

COVID-19 Update Jan 2021

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

Mental health guidance for referees (thefa.com)

Also there is a variety of information online; the NHS have some help with wellbeing – Every Mind Matters | One You (www.nhs.uk)

Stay safe and positive……

 

Happy Christmas…..

May we wish you all a Happy Christmas 2020

 

 

Christmas is Offside, Var gIves  red carD

Make the best you can of the situation and come  back stronger in 2021

Chairman’s Update – 4 November 2020

Dear Friends, members of York RA and all of you connected to Refereeing.


As the Season unfolds, we seem to be heading for a further ‘Footy Lockdown.’

Certainly, the Professional Game has been given the go ahead to continue, albeit in surreal circumstances with crowds not permitted, but what about our local football?

As I write, we all await the decision of government regarding local football and without being too despondent, I fear we will see the temporary postponement of many local games, both Saturday and Sunday (now confirmed)

So, what are we to do in these trying times?

Well, firstly, go along with the decisions of those in power and stay safe by looking after yourself and your families. For those of you active officials, I would encourage you to get out whenever and wherever you can to maintain a good state of fitness in readiness for the resumption, when safe to do so of course.

Our mental health is vital and keeping fit is one way to combat many issues which could have a negative effect upon our wellbeing.

For me, whilst a dodgy knee prevents my pursuit of an Olympic 10,000m Gold Medal, swimming has been my lifeline. For now, the walking boots are out and ready to roam our wonderful North Yorkshire countryside.

So, we here at York RA have been pondering how best to help and support you whilst in lockdown.

No easy answers other than to let you know that we are here and available to answer your calls and help in any way we can. We have a great wealth of experience on the committee with members willing and able to be at your disposal for help, advice and support. Our contact details can be found on the York RA website, do not hesitate to call. (www.yorkreferee.co.uk)

Nationally, the RA is still active via Zoom meetings and recently has put on some great sessions with high profile Referees and other athletes, Indeed the next Zoom will be a presentation with Howard Webb…..heard of that guy somewhere! Check out the National RA Website for details of this and forthcoming events which, due to demand you need to get in early and book your spot. (https://www.the-ra.org/).

Also, whilst in lockdown, membership of the National & Local RA covers you for Insurance purposes and there is a wide range of benefits to members some of which, particularly if you are furloughed or otherwise in some financial difficulty, may be of benefit.

We have considered further monthly Zoom/Teams Meetings but our scheduled meeting for this Thursday (5th) has unfortunately had to be cancelled.

I would invite you all to write to me personally or any member of the Committee with ideas on what you wish to see via Zoom/Teams sessions over the coming months. What can we do to stimulate and help keep you motivated and prepared to see the season to a conclusion?

Our hope is that once Christmas passes, there may be some return to normality and if so, we can get back to live monthly meetings and prepare for the annual dinner, which incidentally is a great event at the end of May and one which would give us an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of all our Match Officials and those who offer support in other ways over the past 2 seasons.

So, get in touch, share your ideas, tell us how we can best support you but, more importantly, look after yourself, look after your families, stay safe and remain optimistic that we will beat this awful virus and although life as we knew it may never be the same, we can adapt and ‘get on with the game.’

I wish you all well.

Alan

Alan Kaye

Chairman

York RA

Alan.kaye3886@btinternet.com

07789 005327

COVID-19 update – further lockdown

The Football Association [The FA] has provided an update for ‘non-elite’ football in England following the UK Government’s announcement on new national Covid-19 restrictions that will be in place from Thursday 5 November 2020 until Wednesday 2 December 2020.


As a result of the UK Government’s new national Covid-19 restrictions, and subject to Members of Parliament voting tomorrow [Wednesday 4 November 2020] and the publication of bespoke guidance from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport [DCMS], the impact on ‘non elite’ football in England will include the suspension of the following during this period:

• All fixtures and training for Steps 3-6 of the National League System [NLS];

• All fixtures and training for Tiers 3-7 of the Women’s Football Pyramid [WFP];

• All fixtures and training for the Regional NLS Feeder Leagues;

• All fixtures and training for The Barclays FA WSL Academy League;

• All fixtures and training for FA Girls Regional Talent Clubs;

• All fixtures and training for indoor and outdoor youth and adult grassroots football.

The FA’s aim is to ensure that the 2020/21 season is completed at these levels and will liaise with the relevant leagues in the NLS and WFP and the County Football Associations [CFAs] to provide support and establish appropriate options to do so if required.

The UK Government has confirmed that school sport can continue as an exemption during this period.

In addition, the UK Government has confirmed that all Emirates FA Cup First Round fixtures will go ahead as planned this weekend between Friday 6 and Monday 9 November 2020. The ten ‘non-elite’ clubs that remain in the competition will be able to play their fixtures under ‘elite’ protocols. In line with the new national Covid-19 restrictions, these ‘non-elite’ teams are only permitted to train together until Wednesday 4 November 2020.

Further updates on fixtures and dates for the 2020/21 Vitality Women’s FA Cup, The FA Youth Cup, Buildbase FA Trophy and Buildbase FA Vase will follow in due course.

Re-starting football at these levels has taken substantial determination and commitment from stakeholders across the game and The FA would like to thank everyone for their vital contributions. However, health and wellbeing remain the priority, so 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 restrictions during this period.

The FA remains in dialogue with the DCMS, leagues, competitions and CFAs and will provide further clarification for ‘non-elite’ football in England following the House of Commons decision.


September 2020 meeting

Microsoft Teams meeting on 3 Sept 2020

 

An inaugural online meeting was held to start the new season, rather than our usual venue

The Chairman welcomed members to the event

Conor Ledgeway gave an update on COVID-19 protocols

David King then provided a brief summary of the new Law changes

James Unwin updated us on the local league scene for 2020-21

The presentation used was emailed to all members/referees for them to digest


AGM

The formal AGM took place and with no new proposals the existing officers / committee were re-elected (those wishing to stand)

The main change was that Conor Ledgeway is the new Vice Chairman

[see full list on officers/committee page at York RA tab]


COVID-19 Update for Referees

The FA has announced that Grassroots football is returning

From August – competitive matches will be allowed (friendlies, festivals, small-sided, etc.)

From September – grassroots leagues and FA Competitions

Obviously, risk assessments should be carried out prior to these commencing to ensure the safety of all

A useful Summary for match officials:

  • Self assessment for any COVID-19 symptoms; if in doubt DO NOT referee
  • Travel to/from games in a safe manner and follow best practice
  • Identify the home club COVID-19 Safety Officer and contact on arrival at the ground (if applicable)
  • Observe club rules in place to protect everyone, where these are in place
  • Sanitise your hands before and after games  (minimum)
  • Arrive changed for the game and shower at home
  • No pre-match handshakes
  • Discourage team pre-match huddles
  • Try to avoid handling the ball
  • Encourage spectators (when possible) not to handle the ball when retrieving it
  • Observe Social Distancing when addressing players, including substitutes
  • Goal celebrations should not be allowed
  • Set plays
    • Free kicks – encourage players to get on with the game, where possible
    • Corner kicks – to be taken promptly, where possible
  • No spitting allowed
  • Apply FA’s Code of Behaviour (spectators), eg. no excessive shouting

and remember practice SOCIAL DISTANCING at all times, wherever possible

The use of common sense may be required at times, but try to follow the guidelines


Remember, if you’re not comfortable returning to football there is no pressure to do so.
Everyone’s health, well-being and safety are the priorities…….it is entirely your call


NB. No indoor football or Futsal allowed at present

The full guides from the FA can be found here:

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