BBFA recently hosted a female specific referee course across 2 days in Milton Keynes linked to the Women’s Euro 2022 Legacy project.
24 women and girls attended the two-day course which was held at Fairfields Sports Hub in Milton Keynes on Thursday 28 April and Sunday 1 May 2022. After completing the free online learning around the Laws of the Game, the attendees arrived with a basic knowledge which was expanded on across both dates with a series of indoor and outdoor learning activities.
Both sessions were delivered by BBFA Referee Developer, Juliette Forgham and RDO, Sam Myatt.
The course, aimed to encourage women and girls from across Berks & Bucks aged 14 plus to take the referee course and become trainee referees.
During the course, the group were lucky to hear from two of our young female referees, Sophie Dennington and Daisy Croker, who both shared their experiences which included officiating in the Women’s Super League, Championship and Sophie even discussed her opportunity to officiate at a FIFA Women’s World Cup Qualifier in Bosnia & Herzegovina early this year.
Inspired from what they heard over the two days, the girls now embark into the world of refereeing where some have already supported the local Milton Keynes Girls Festival made up of around 150 girls aged between U8-U10.
The candidates will be supported by our Referee Workforce, as well as Leah Ambridge who is the Regional Support Lead for female referees within Berks & Bucks.
The course has seen a 30% increase in female referees within Berks & Bucks and is a great start as we aim to meet our ambitious target of having 120 active female officials within the County by 2024.
If you are inspired to attend one of our referee courses, you can find out more information and visit our website here.
For more information about Refereeing please contact Berks & Berks FA Referee Development Officer, Sam Myatt, via Referees@Berks-BucksFA.com