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Chairman - Bart O'Toole


Congratulations if you have recently achieved your promotion goal.  If you haven’t, stay in there in the coming year and continue working on your game.  Most of us achieve our reasonable aims in refereeing with sustained effort, and our levels of fulfillment are increased.  It is far more satisfying to continue to learn and develop than to stagnate – even for the level 5 who is not seeking further promotion.  Be grateful for the ongoing challenge of refereeing and for the assessors whose devoted efforts help those who are ready to get where they want to be.

Society Meeting on 8th March

Old Tenisonians FC hosted a very enjoyable evening led by Surrey FA Referee Development Officer Tim Lawrence, presenting the RA-FA training event with two workshops: (1) End Game’ – How to Finish a Game Safely and (2) Denying an Obvious Goal Scoring Opportunity – recent FA Guidance with DVD clips.  Tim displayed DVD excerpts of incidents in different levels of football and divided us into small groups to discuss the management and decision-making in incidents.  We did not always agree on all decisions but opinions largely converged after analysis. The evening was nicely divided by a half hour break with free food and drinks at the bar.

Society Meeting this Month – 6:00 pm Thursday 12 April at Actonians FC, Gunnersbury Drive, W5

This month’s meeting is partly funded by the Referee Development Fund.  The workshops will be led by the RA-FA Youth Council Chairman AFA Referee Deryll David.  Now that the clocks have move forward and evening light is available we’ll start at 7 pm with an outdoor workshop ‘Practical Decision Making,’ then break at 8 pm for free food, and drinks at the bar, then at 8:30 move to a second workshop ‘Effective Decision Making’.  This is a major training and development opportunity and a chance to enjoy the company of other referees. Please come and join us.

Membership Renewals 2018-19

Enclosed with hard copies of Argus and attached as an email to soft copies, are our renewal forms.  Please complete these soon and forward them to as shown on the forms and months. Pay before the end of May to benefit from the £2 reduction in your subscription rate shown on the forms.

Society Annual Dinner – Friday 1 June 6:15 for 7:00 pm – Civil Service Club – £40

Our annual dinner will be at the usual venue – I look forward to seeing you there with friends and family members.  Places can be reserved when renewing your Society subscription.



  • Free Tickets for RA Members at Wembley Stadium Sunday 20th May 2018 Non-League Finals Day: FA Vase and FA Trophy – Two Games in One Day


Once again this year the FA has very kindly allocated free tickets to RA members for their development and entertainment at this great day for non-league football.  To order free tickets for you and your partner please email me on bartholomewotoole@gmail.com


  • RA Development Weekend ‘Reach for the Sky’ Saturday 9 June – Sunday 10 June


This special Development Weekend will be at the De Vere Hotel, Staveton, Northamptonshire:

Saturday (£15)

9:30 – 5:00 pm     Indoor Development Day – many workshop sessions

5:15 – 6:15 pm    Fun quiz in teams

7:15 – 10:30 pm    Awards dinner

Sunday (free)        Daventry FC

10:30 – 2:30 pm    Outdoor Practical Training sessions

Alternatively – FA Qualified Welfare Course 9:30 – 12:00

High Profile Guest Speakers and Tutors will abound.  Overnight accommodation is available at the hotel for one or two persons, and if this is beyond your price range, alternative hotels are available nearby.  As ever this event has our full support and we hope once again that a large contingent of Society members will attend.

To book a place, please visit www.participant.co.uk/tra/Referee_Dev_Weekend_2018

Details will also be available on:

You’ll also need to re-join the Society, which includes the RA subscription, and enter your RA number – obtainable by emailing Treasurer Alban Bytyqi at afalonsar@gmail.com.


  • Society Summer Training Morning and Barbecue – Sunday 12 August 10:00 am – 1:00 pm – Sponsored by the Referee Development Fund – FREE


Actonians FC is kindly hosting a Society training morning, led by FA Tutors, followed by a free barbecue for members and all family and friends.  This is always a really fun occasion, and a chance to brush up on your skills as referees’ and assistants and meet and relax with Society friends.   Please let us know if you can come by ticking the boxes in your renewal forms or dropping me a line.

Bart O’Toole (Chairman)


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