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


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

September 18th meeting: Aaron Phipps

At short notice we have managed to secure Aaron Phipps as our guest speaker for the evening. For those who don’t know, Aaron is a Paralympian, who plays Wheelchair Rugby for Team GB, most notably in the London 2012 Paralympic Games. As many of you may know, Wheelchair Rugby (or Murderball as it’s widely referred to) is one of the most brutal sports in the Paralympics, which requires an incredible amount of determination and courage. Aaron’s story is an extremely inspiring one and one that we are all looking forward to hearing. I cannot stress enough how rare it is to be able to meet and hear from a person of Aaron’s calibre, and it is an opportunity that you seriously won’t want to miss.

Fresh changes for the new season

Following this years Alton RA AGM we are pleased to announce that we now have a new Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary and Recruitment officer as well as a new 'football' related venue. Our New Chairman is Reg Pullen, who has stepped up from his role as Vice Chairman. That role has now been filled by Malcolm Henderson. These are two familiar faces to our society, but they have been joined as a officer of the society by a new 'younger' face. Alex Mattheison who will be our new Secretary and Recruitment & Retention Officer. We are also pleased to say that Kevin Robinson and Colin Cameron are continuing in their roles as Treasurer and Lark rep. With the new changes made we hope to move forward into next season with anticipation and the promise of another good year at our new venue in Alton Town F.C. pictured - Edward, Holly & Jake, three new referees receive certificates for attending (and passing) their basic Referees Course from our old & new Chairmen Graeme and Reg, We wish them all the best in their refereeing careers.

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

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.

Funding available for future refs

As part of a recruitment drive to increase the number of qualified referees throughout football, the RAFA Youth Council has launched their Inspired funding – a scheme to assist young would-be refs with the financial costs involved with taking up the whistle.

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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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