Development

There are many strands to Referee Development in Worcestershire and you can find out about Observing, Mentoring and the Tutor/Development Team on this page.

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Observers

Previously known as 'assessors', Worcestershire's observers are a vital part of our referee workforce as they assist the development of our promotion seeking match officials. Whilst they are primarily watching referees against set competencies and based on their potential to reach the next level, advice from qualified observers should be used to enhance an individuals' performance both on and off the field of play. Many retiring referees often move into observing in order to remain involved with refereeing. If you wish to become an observer you can express your interest to our Referee Manager, contact details at the bottom of this page.

Mentoring

All referees who enrol onto an FA Referee Course are offered a mentor. Whilst this is an optional support mechanism, experience has shown that those with a mentor find it easier during their first few matches. Imagine turning up to a venue with 6 pitches and 12 teams, how do you know where to go or what to do? Mentors are often the first port of call during the initial training process as a match official. They perform a vital role by simply 'being there' for less experienced officials, either at the end of a phone/email or, on some occasions, by completing match observations during the course of the initial five games. We currently aim to run 4 referee courses per year, meaning that with approximately 100 new referees per season we are always in need of additional mentors. If you think you could spare a small amount of time to become a support mechanism for someone less experienced, express your interest to Ollie - details below.

Tutoring/Referee Development Team

Our dedicated team of tutors deliver referee training courses and continuation training for new and existing referees.

Ollie Williams
Ollie is Referee Workforce & Inclusion Manager at Worcestershire FA and works to recruit and retain match officials on a daily basis. He is a Level 3 Contributory League referee, meaning that he referees on the Northern/Southern Premier Leagues as well as being an assistant referee on the Conference North/South divisions. Added to this, Ollie is a qualified FA tutor meaning that he delivers on FA Referee Courses within the county and an FA observer for promotion seeking referees. He has been refereeing since completing his qualification in 2010 at the age of 18. Ollie is also part of the National RA-FA Youth Council as an Area Coordinator.

Marvyn Amphlett
Since 2009 Marvyn has been on the National List of Assistant Referees.  He was appointed to the JPT Trophy Final as a Reserve Assistant Referee at Wembley Stadium in 2013, as well as being appointed as an Assistant Referee in both the FA Cup 3rd and 4th rounds in 2013. Marvyn is a Level 3 referee and he has been appointed to many prestigious appointments, most notably: the Northern Premier League Division One Play Off Final and Southern League Division One Play-Off Semi-Final in 2013 as well as the Southern League Midlands Division Play off Final in 2009. Marv is also a Referee Coach, FA Licensed Referee Tutor, Secretary of Malvern Referees Society, Referee Observer and Vice-Chairman of the Hereford & Worcester County RA. Marvyn has an invaluable amount of experience and knowledge to offer to the development of referees.

Ravel Cheosiaua
Ravel is a Level 3 referee and officiates on the National List of Contributory League of Referees. He was promoted to the Panel Select Assistant Referees list in 2013 meaning that he operates on the Football League. Some of his achievements include Assistant Referee on the Blue Square North Play-Off Final and the FA Trophy 2nd Round Proper and as 4th Official on the Northern Premier League Division 1 South Play-Off Semi-Final.  Ravel is a FA assessor for the Supply League and Worcestershire FA, a member of Bromsgrove RA and also helps to mentor some of the County’s referees.

Jerry Curtis
Jerry has 16 years experience as a referee and became a Level 4 Supply League Referee in June 2000. In 2001 Jerry was an Assistant Referee on the Conference North and South and officiated at Supply League Level. In 2006 Jerry stepped down to Level 5 and still referees on the Evesham Sunday League, Ambassador Evesham League and Prison Service FA. Jerry is Secretary and Treasurer, as well as an assessor and mentor with Evesham RA.

Chris Husband
Chris has been refereeing for 15 years, starting as a referee on the Mercian Boys League and acting as an Assistant Referee on the Worcester Saturday Premier Division, which was then a Supply League. He achieved Level 6 in 2001 and after a break whilst at University, Chris achieved Level 4 in 2006 followed quickly by Level 3 in 2007. He is currently an Assistant Referee on the Football League and a referee in the Contributory leagues. Chris has attained FA Level 1 Tutor status and has been a Training Team member for over three years, bringing fresh energy to the team.

John Law
John is a Level 3 Referee operating on the National List of Contributory League Referees.  He is also an Assistant Referee on the National List of Assistant Referees and has officiated as an Assistant Referee on several Football League Championship games. John is a FA Level 1 Tutor and an observer for both the Supply Leagues and WFA. He is a key member of the Development Team and adds a lot of experience and knowledge.

Tom Bowkett
Tom is a new addition to our team and helps out on an occasional basis. A current Level 2 tutor, Tom also delivers courses in surrounding Counties - predominantly Birmingham FA. Tom is also a member of the National RA-FA Youth Council and is an active Level 4 Supply League referee on the Midland Pool.

The Referee Development Team is currently accepting expressions of interest from anyone wishing to become involved in a tutoring capacity or any other relevant role. To apply, contact Ollie.

Questions, comments or feedback? Email our Referee Workforce & Inclusion Manager by clicking here.