Come and join The ALTON REFEREES ASSOCIATION We meet at: Alton Cricket Club, Jubilee Playing Fields, Northfields Lane, Alton, Hampshire. GU34 1SN. 3rd Thursday of every month August - May

WELCOME TO THE ALTON REFEREE ASSOCIATION

The Alton RA holds its regular monthly meetings on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7.30pm during the football season( AUGUST - APRIL) at Alton Town F.C Alton (Bass) Sports Ground, Anstey Road, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 2RL . Directions: Leave A31 at B3004 signed to Alton. Follow road round to left passing Eggars School then Anstey Park on the right. Continue past a row of cottages on the left and the ground is immediately after, on the left, opposite the turning into Anstey Lane

why join the RA

All are welcome to come along and meet us (parents can sit in as well). We pride ourselves on being a friendly society with a great variety of experience and knowledge that will help all referees prosper in their careers

November 20th welcomes Albert Astbury to Alton RA

The November meeting for Alton RA takes place this Thursday (20/11/14) at the usual venue of Alton Town FC. Anstey Road, Alton ,Hampshire,GU34 2RL. This month we are lucky to welcome Hampshire FA tutor, Albert Astbury, who will be doing a presentation entitled 'The most important law of the game’. It’s a rare privilege to have a Hampshire FA tutor attend one of our meetings, so it’s an opportunity that you won’t want to miss, as these kind of presentations can really aid your refereeing development. The evening is open to all ages, and as usual, the meeting will also be an opportunity to discuss any match incidents that you have had.

Alton RA's ex secretary gets her first UEFA call

It was great to see Paula Wyatt get her first (of many, we hope) UEFA call up as fourth official on the Woman's Champion League match, read our one to one interview

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RA- FA event - come and neet Roger

The RA-FA evening takes place on Thursday the 30th of October at Thornden School in Chandler’s Ford near Eastleigh. Select Group Referee, Jon Moss was due to be the guest speaker, however owing to reasons beyond Jon’s control, he is now unable to attend the evening. As such, the guest speaker will now be Select Group Referee, Roger East. Roger has had a very successful career which has included officiating on an FA Cup Final, so the evening promises to be a a very good event. It is free to attend, and a finger buffet will be provided. Roger East is one of the Premier League’s most recent recruits after a successful spell as a Football League referee. The Wiltshire FA official, who has been on the National list since 2006, was an assistant referee at the 2004 FA Cup Final and 2006 FA Community Shield before stepping into the middle for the 2006/07 campaign. Most recently, he was in charge of Huddersfield Town's 2012 League One Play-off Final victory over Sheffield United at Wembley Stadium. In the 2012/13 campaign, he oversaw his first Premier League match, when Swansea City and Sunderland battled out a 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium in September. After impressing during the 2012/13 season, East earned a permanent spot in the Select Group of Premier League officials from the 2013/14 season. This promises to be a motivational evening, and I encourage you all to take advantage of this opportunity to develop your refereeing skills and socialise with colleagues. Date: Thursday 30th October 2014 Time: Registration 6.30pm for a 7.15pm start, with close at 9.45pm and a Finger Buffet will be provided on arrival Venue: Thornden Hall, Thornden School, Winchester Road, Chandler’s Ford, Hampshire SO53 2DW Parking: This is available at Thornden Hall Dress Code: Smart Casual (No Sports Kit/Football Shirts or Jeans) Please confirm your attendance or otherwise by Thursday 23rd October 2014, either by e-mail to brian.lebreton@HampshireFA.Com

Mentoring for new referees

.At Alton RA we are dedicated to helping referees develop and progress. If You would like to be mentored please let us know. Mentoring, quite simply means a one to one relationship supporting the development of another referee As a referee, it is true to say that you never stop learning and within Hampshire there is a volunteer workforce that can support you in your development and progression. Whether you have just completed your Basic Referee Course or are now looking to progress in the refereeing world then this scheme is there to help. In fact this scheme can help you where ever you are in your career even if you are happy staying at the level you are. Read more at http://www.hampshirefa.com/referees/mentoring#gBy1kQtoFujZLzi2.99

2014 R.A. Conference

The 2014 RA conference took part over the weekend (11th- 13th July) with nearly 400 members coming from all over the country and attending workshops run by the likes of Michael Oliver, Sian Massey, Andre Marriner, Anthony Taylor, Lee Probert, Jon Moss and Lee Mason. These workshops were all interactive and covered subjects such as Mass confrontation, Offside, Controlling the penalty area. The weekend started off on the Friday, with training sessions held at St Georges Park, this was well represented by many of our young up and coming referees. The Referee Association AGM also took place on the Friday and this was followed by a fun evening run by the RA-FA Youth Council and with a Brazilian World cup theme. The Saturday Conference, which was themed as ‘Getting the big decisions right’, was opened as usual by the RA President, David Elleray OBE. He was followed by a very entertaining and witty presentation by the joyful Jon Moss, (who I would recommend every referee to go to a meeting and listen to him if they can). We all attended the three workshops of our choice before returning to the main hall for the reflections and close of conference by David Elleray. For me personally it was a long day, leaving home at 05:15 and getting back at 9:30pm, driving a mini bus full of friends and colleagues from Portsmouth and Southampton for our day’s visit to Leicester, but it is one that was thoroughly worth it and an event that I would recommend to everyone.

Have YOUR say.....

We welcome all feedback and ideas for the new Alton RA website. Get in touch with us by visiting the 'Contact Us' page.

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The RA-FA Incentive Scheme

The RA-FA incentive scheme is a great way to get rewards for your refereeing activities

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Assessment advice for match officials

Ash Potter, one of Hampshire's leading assessors, has created an excellent learning tool for referees on the criteria they are being marked against when they are being assessed.

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