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Member Promotions

Following a meeting of the Referee Committee on 15th May, we are pleased to advise the following Renfrewshire Referees’ Association members who have been promoted for season 2020/2021.

Graham Grainger to Category 1
Barry Feery to Category 3 Development
Ross Cooper to Category 3 Development
Jamie Andrews to Category 3 Development
Mark Catterson to Category 4 Development
Niall Anderson to Category 4 Development
Paul Hopkins to Category 4 Development

Well deserved all and we wish you the best of luck in the coming season.


Social Media Reminder

Can I take this opportunity to remind you that as a referee you are expected to abide by the Social Media Guidelines set out by The Scottish FA. While we all understand the great asset social media can be, especially during these times, I encourage you all to think about what you are commenting and posting across social media platforms. As a referee you have are required to be ‘mindful of the impact any contributions on social media might have on people’s perceptions of referees and of the Scottish FA’ while also having a responsibility to protect the image of our association and our refereeing colleagues.
A few tips:

  • Avoid mentioning you are a referee in your profile
  • Do not use football team images as display pictures
  • Do not share/post/comment offensive slogans
  • Review Social Media Policy from the Scottish FA (here)
  • Please think twice before you comment or post something

Should the association notice or be notified of any breaches of this policy it could result in serious consequences, such as expulsion from the association leaving you unable to referee. While these cases are few and far between I do not want to see any of our members having to go through these procedures.

I know that for most of us are cautious around our use of social media, but it has been noted in the last couple of months an increase in material posted by some members that could breach this policy.
In the meantime please stay safe and well.

Regards,

William Insch
President 


Online Coaching 27th April 2020

Category : News

Thank you for taking part in the recent poll issued, we are happy to see so many of you prepared to engage in this coaching session.

We propose to run the first session this coming Monday 27th April at 8pm start. The joining instructions have been emailed to all members.

We would like you all to participate where possible and in order to do so please have your yellow and red cards to flash at the camera when prompted by the coaches. Ideally you would be able to feedback if prompted when posed a question to explain your reasons like we would in meetings.

We aim to run a few more of these after we measure the success of this session. Your participation and feedback will be key for us.

If you have not received the email with details how to join please contact a member of the committee.


Online Regional Training Day

Category : News

The Scottish FA Referee’s Department are running an on-line Regional Training Day using the Zoom platform on Saturday 16th May 2020 between 10am and 12 noon.

Any member (cat 4, 4 Dev, 5, 6 or 7) wishing to participate in this coaching session should contact Joe or John to register their interest in being included in this very informative and useful initiative that will assist referees of all levels and experience.


Future Association Meetings

Category : News

Hello to All Renfrewshire Referees, we hope you are well and safe at this testing time.

I know we all must miss some our refereeing so in order to have some level of engagement we are proposing to go through the most recent issue of Coaching Videos which was earmarked for Meeting 5 – Challenges.

To do this we need to gauge your interest and we have two dates in mind

– Monday 27th April @ 8pm
– Monday 4th May @ 8pm

The coaching will take place via the web platform Zoom, ideally you would all have access via a laptop, tablet or at worse case a phone. We would share the videos with myself and Barry coaching through the notes, ideally with some involvement from you all.

Please indicate your preference and willingness to join us by completing this poll – https://doodle.com/poll/9wmxyzakmy5d8mw7

Ideally you would have this completed by close of play tomorrow.

We will be back in touch over the weekend with the preferred date and the joining instructions.

Many thanks and take care.

David & Barry
Coaching Coordinators
Renfrewshire Referees


Coronavirus Update

Category : News

All members please take note of the Coronavirus Update from SFA:

Please note that the official line to clubs from the Scottish FA on training is that “the decision to suspend or continue training is at each club’s discretion at this time, however clubs must ensure to follow current medical guidance when making this decision”.

“Under no circumstances will friendly matches or ‘bounce games’ be permitted, even if these take place within a scheduled training session”.

Please do not agree to officiate at any friendly, closed door match or training match until further notice.

Thank you


Regional Training Day

Category : News

***URGENT*** Can anyone who is planning to attend the Regional Training Day at Hampden on Sunday 10th October please let the page, Joe McDowall or John Brown know by Sunday at the very latest please. This day is extremely beneficial to all members category 4 and under and you will receive some fantastic coaching and improve your refereeing massively. Our response to this is not as we would expect so we want to increase this over the weekend. Thanks in advance.


Members Snooker Night

Category : News

On the 2nd of November 2019 Renfrewshire Referee association will be having a snooker night for all its members.

The event which is open to all members will take place at the Inn Off Snooker club in Renfrew. The event is being organised by veteran Renfrewshire referee Tam Stewart and will begin at 7pm. The cost of the night is 12 pounds which includes entrance, games of snooker/pool and a buffet.

We are hoping for a good turnout so if you are interested please call or text Tam Stewart on 07719141093.

The Inn Off is a family run fully licensed snooker club with 13 full sized snooker and pool tables and a relaxing lounge located on London Street, Renfrew, PA48SB.


Regional Training Day

Members,

The second 2019 Regional Training Day will take place on 10th November 2019 at Hampden Park and Toryglen.

This is open to anyone in Categories 4, 4 Dev, 5, 6 and 7.

The events of the most recent Regional Training Day were very successful in terms of attendance and feedback which was very positive. The feedback from those attending has also aided us greatly in designing the content of the forthcoming Regional Training Day.

The Regional Training Day will again consist of Practical and Technical instruction so please bring the appropriate footwear, clothing attire, cards, whistles and flags. The course, as in previous Regional Training Days will give you the opportunity to receive instruction and coaching from some of our top match officials and assist your development as a referee. The content of the course will be varied incorporating all aspects of refereeing with advice of the highest quality.

In order to reserve a place at the Regional Training Day please contact Joe McDowall by email.


August Meeting

A reminder that our members that the next Meeting will be held on Monday the 12th of August please ensure you come along to be kept up to date with the association news & also to benefit from the Coaching corner which will be focusing on the changes to the laws of the game for this season.

The meeting will be held at the University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus & will start at 7.30pm in room D145 of the Mclean Building.