Welcome to the home of Altrincham & District Referees
Altrincham & District Referees’ Society is the local branch of the Referees’ Association. Our members include referees serving all levels of the game, from junior grass roots matches through to FIFA international matches. This range of experience is of great benefit to all members of the society as we help each other to improve and develop.
We meet once per month, running an outdoor training & development session led by FA Referee Tutors, followed by an indoor session covering a variety of topics during the season. In between the two sessions we have time for food and networking! Our programme includes training from Premier League and Football League officials, and is designed to be of benefit to referees from all levels.
We also work closely with the Altrincham & District FA, and many of our members give their time to observing, mentoring and tutoring referees to aid their development.
Anthony Taylor heads out to India this week to continue preparations ahead of the U17 World Cup. Anthony and his assistants, Gary Beswick and Adam Nunn, are the English representatives amongst the match officials for the tournament, which runs from 6th-28th October.
We wish them all well!
The end of the football season doesn’t send referees into hibernation for a few months. Our summer events programme started in late May with the County RA Quiz. Two teams represented Altrincham and had an enjoyable evening, bearing in mind that it’s the taking part that counts (Stockport won, again). As the weather heated up, so did our rivalry with our close neighbours. The Altrincham Refs v Stockport Refs cricket match was a success once again, and this time the result does matter (we won!). As thoughts turned towards the new season, a few of our members attended the RA Referee Development Weekend near Leicester, enjoying training sessions from multiple Premier League officials and the opportunity to network with referees from across the country. At the end of July we’ll have a number of members officiating in tournaments and pre-season friendlies, getting themselves ready for a flying start to the 2017/18 season!
We’re absolutely delighted and very proud that Anthony Taylor has been appointed as referee for the FA Cup Final. As a member of our society since he became a referee, we’ve had the pleasure of watching his progression from local football to the international stage, and now receiving the appointment that Anthony describes as “the pinnacle of your domestic career”.
Full details can be viewed on The Fa’s website: http://www.thefa.com/news/2017/apr/26/anthony-taylor-to-referee-emirates-fa-cup-final-260417