September 2021 Meeting

York RA Meeting – 2 Sept 2021

Held at NHS Sports Club with 23 members and guests in attendance.

Apols were received from Mssrs; J Ledgeway; Rhodes; Black; Paul-Gordon; Bradbury (late); Gray; Blakey; Bishop; Bayley; Burke; Smith; Mollov


Our guest for the evening Bobby Madley was introduced and gave a presentation entitled ” What makes a good ref; do we expect too much)

He said he felt that the highlight of his career was reffing the WRFA Cup Final in front of all his own colleagues

When a young player he was a profilic goalscorer (Ossett Town), with 91 goals one season

He then switched to reffing saying that good refs will know LOAF and keep them updated

He then interacted with 14 year old Myles Smith and his father discussing ; social media and setbacks; an X factor sketch with two members singing, expect the unexpected

He gave a brief outline of his career. He stated that grassroots is the mainstay of football; think of Saturday/ Sundays in all weathers

There then followed a Q and A session

J Unwin gave a V o T
Meeting closed at 9.20pm

(DoNM is Thursday 7 October 2021)

York RA AGM September 2021

York RA AGM – 2 Sept 2021

Minutes of AGM held on Sept 2nd 2021 at NHS Sports Club with 23 members and guests in attendance.

Apols were received from Mssrs; J Ledgeway; Rhodes; Black; Paul-Gordon; Bradbury (late); Gray; Blakey; Bishop; Bayley; Burke; Smith; Mollov.

The chairman welcomed all, new and older faces saying, glad to be back.
Mins silence was observed members (York and others) who had passed away over the past year.

Presentations were made to the recipients of York FA Senior/Junior Cup mementos from 2019/20/21 who were in attendance by our guest Bobby Madley.

AGM reports were submitted on line, no matters arising and all accepted

Election of Officers; thanks were given to retiring officers with thanks (J Unwin, B Smith). No new names were submitted, rest of committee were re elected.

Meeting closed 7.50pm

Chairman’s Update – 28 August 2021

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.


Best Wishes.




Alan Kaye, Chairman

York Referees’Association

LNER finals

LNER Stadium – Sat 12 June

Volunteers Required – free access to game

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.

11:30pm – 2pm,

2pm – 4:30pm


4:30pm – 6:30pm

Contact Graham Bradbury or

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:
  • Any questions which people would like to ask guest speakers can be submitted through this link:
  • 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:

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


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


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

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


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

The Chairman, Alan Kaye,  is always available also at

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 (

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

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