Worcestershire FA has formed its first ever Centre of Refereeing Excellence (CORE) for 2016/17.

The aim of the Worcestershire FA CORE is to assist in the development, training and coaching of referees who have the potential to progress into the National Refereeing System, obtaining Level 4 and beyond. It is designed to deliver specific and relevant training to ambitious, dedicated, talented referees and runs in tandem with further opportunities such as The FA's National CORE Programme and further Referee Development initiatives.

Coaches and mentors work with every member of the CORE providing practical advice and tips to develop their skills as a match official both on and off the field. Practical training sessions, indoor theory workshops and general advice pre-match/post-match are just some of the methods that members of WFA CORE receive support.

Who can be part of the CORE?
The CORE is designed for any referee who is either on the promotion pathway or hoping to begin the journey of progression to the next level. Generally CORE referees will be aged 16-24 and are keen, enthusiastic, dedicated and show the desire and potential to progress to Level 4 and beyond. Members of the CORE will be expected to attend a range of events throughout the year, which will enable them to improve not only their on-field fitness and performance, but also include specific technical sessions and key note guest speakers.

For more information see the pyramid below or contact Ollie Williams (Referee Workforce & Inclusion Manager) via email Ollie.Williams@worcestershirefa.com or call 01905 827137.