Case Study - Vladimir Aleksandrov

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Are you from a BAME community and interested in becoming a football referee? Worcestershire FA has a course for you…

BAME. Black, Asian, and minority ethnic

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Worcestershire FA’s referee courses are inclusive and open to anyone aged 14+ regardless of their experience or background. We asked promotion seeking referee Vladimir Aleksandrov, originally from Bulgaria, about his experience of refereeing so far.

Name of Referee: Vladimir Aleksandrov
Age of Referee: 34
Background: White (Eastern European)

Why did you want to get into refereeing?
Because I love the game, and this is a good way still to be involved in football.

How did you find the Worcestershire FA referee course?
Searching on the internet for the closer referee community.

What support did you get to become a referee?
- Brief meeting
- 2 days course for beginners
- A lot of motivation from people already refereeing for years 
- Free equipment (whistle, cards, notebook etc.)
- A lot of advice and opportunity always to call some one, if I need to talk about something what worried me  
- Observers, showing me the right direction, and advice on how can I develop my referee skills
 

What advice would you give to someone from a BAME community who is unsure about becoming a referee?
Nothing should stop somebody trying, BAME community or not, this is about football, we are all equal!

Vladimir is also a member of the Worcestershire FA Inclusion Advisory Group (IAG). If you aren't interested in becoming a referee but would like to support Worcestershire FA by increasing awareness, understanding and knowledge of inclusion, equality and diversity then click here to find out more.

Could you follow in Vladimir's footsteps and become a referee? We want to hear from you! Take 60 seconds to fill in our expression of interest form by clicking here.

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