Statement - Referee Development

Worcestershire FA is delighted to confirm the appointment of two Senior Referee Coaches for season 2017-18.

Neil Radford and Marvyn Amphlett will be joining the team in an official capacity to support the development of match officials in Worcestershire.

Neil hangs up the whistle following a career spanning 18 years, seeing him reach Level 2b as the man in the middle. He also operated on the National List of Assistant Referees for 11 years, culminating in a Wembley appearance in the 2016-17 Checkatrade Trophy Final.

Worcestershire FA has acted swiftly to obtain Neil’s services as a Referee Coach in order to pass on the wealth of experience he has gained in an excellent career. The primary focus of Neil’s role will be to support WFA Level 3 match officials acting as referees and assistant referees, whilst continuing to support the delivery of the WFA Centre of Refereeing Excellence (WFA CORE) programme.

Marvyn continues to be an active National List Assistant Referee, a role he has held since 2009. Alongside the commitment to his own refereeing career, Marvyn’s role of Senior Referee Coach will primarily be focused on working with Level 4 match officials. Having previously reached Level 2a, the county have ensured that his coaching role is retained following huge success in recent years that has seen a number of Level 4s progress through the refereeing pyramid. Marvyn will also continue to be an active member of the referee tutor team and the WFA CORE delivery team.

Speaking of the new role, Neil stated: “Having spent the last 18 years as an active referee in which 12 of them have been operating between the semi-professional and professional game I am delighted to be given this next opportunity in my career to support fellow colleagues within Worcestershire. I look forward to working alongside the county FA, Marvyn and other members of the referee workforce to enhance a scheme which allows us to deliver excellence to our officials for season 2017-18.”

Marvyn added: “I am equally delighted to be working with Neil, Ollie and the WFA Referee Development Team as we continue to support, encourage and develop our talented group of match officials. I also feel privileged to formalise my role as a Referee Coach working with Level 4s to help inspire and progress the undoubted refereeing potential that we have within our County FA.”

Worcestershire FA is also very fortunate to have the services of some excellent referee mentors as part of the WFA CORE programme, namely Chris Husband and Wayne Barratt who continue to provide valuable support to WFA CORE match officials.

Additionally, the WFA Referee Development Team includes active match officials Dan Pattison (Level 4), Jerry Curtis (Level 5) and Dumitru-Ravel Cheosiaua (National List Assistant Referee).

Referee Workforce Manager, Ollie Williams said: “The appointment of two Senior Referee Coaches signals the intent of Worcestershire FA to continually refresh and invest in the service we offer to match officials regardless of their level. Neil and Marvyn have already worked tirelessly to develop our officials and their appointment is testament to the results that we have seen. There really has never been a better time to referee in Worcestershire.”

Do you want to learn more about taking up the whistle? Worcestershire FA has referee courses in Kidderminster and Evesham later this year. Click here to find out more.


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