Football Brisbane is seeking people interested in joining the Referees Working Groups whose aim will be to assist with the future direction of refereeing within the zone.
There are currently two Working Groups in operation, one that focuses on youth referees (18 and under) and the other on senior referees (over 18).
In explaining why the Working Groups were needed, Football Brisbane General Manager, Rafe Griffin said, “We’ve seen a number of improvements across Football Brisbane’s operations over the past 18 months with a specific focus on our Competitions Administration area. We’re comfortable with how we’re now performing in this area and moving onto other priorities for the organisation.”
Referees are a deliverable in the Football Brisbane Strategic Plan and based on recent consultation with clubs and the referees group, is high on the list of priorities for Football Brisbane to focus on over the next 18-month period.
Griffin went on to add, “We’ve taken feedback from our clubs and recently conducted a survey with the referees group. The feedback from the clubs is that they want Football Brisbane to focus on two things. Firstly, to increase the number of available match officials through better recruitment and retention so that we can appoint more referees to matches. Secondly, to provide greater education and development to referees.”
“From our referees group, we heard that they want better transparency in how appointments are made to matches, more clarity around development pathways and opportunities, a mentoring program to be introduced particularly aimed at those starting their referee journey and an improvement in the level of communication that Football Brisbane provides the referees group.”
“The Working Group will help us achieve this by providing input and advice on key topics with strategies that are fed back to Football Brisbane staff to implement.”
As to who would fit the bill to be on the groups, Griffin said that they are looking for a diverse range of people to be involved, “While it’s obviously important that the referees group is well represented on these groups, we’d be particularly interested to hear from those referees that also have other roles within the football community such as club administrators, coaches or players. We’re also interested in those who can make a constructive contribution but are currently outside the referee fraternity. It’s important that we have a range of views represented in order to achieve the best outcomes.”
Those interested in joining the Working Group can email email@example.com and provide a short statement outlining their experience and why they would like to be part of the group. The closing date for expressions of interest is Friday 13 November 2020. The Terms of Reference for the Working Group is available below: