Worcestershire FA's first ever Centre of Refereeing Excellence (CORE) has been a huge success.
Ahead of the 2016-17 season, Worcestershire FA's Referee Workforce Manager implemented a new structure to Referee Development across the county. The headline initiative, WFA CORE, has seen new methodology brought in to enhance the support available to match officials.
Throughout the season 30 match officials have regularly attended sessions delivered by the WFA Referee Development Team (RDT) to offer progression. Varying from fitness training and observing matches to analysing video clips, on-field training and social events, WFA CORE officials have indicated that the programme has allowed them to consider new aspects of their game.
Seven WFA CORE officials were also successful in achieving promotion during the 2016-17 season, one of the main aims of the initiative, alongside three additional nominations to The Football Association for promotions to Level 4.
In another 'first' for the county, WFA CORE will also be represented at the 2017 Iber Cup Costa Del Sol, as six referees and two referee coaches travel to Spain in June to experience officiating abroad.
The challenge for the RDT is now to enhance the offer even further, with a draft structure for season 2017-18 outlined below:
A consultation period is currently underway to establish who will be invited to be part of WFA CORE for the 2017-18 season and match officials can expect to hear more in the coming weeks.