Our Pre-Season conference was held Sunday 3rd Sept at Sutton Valence School. The school proved to be a great venue for us all to catch up and prepare ourselves for the season. This season the Referee’s Society are preparing to implement the new trial laws.To assist us in that Championship Referee and Young Match Official Ambassador (YMO) Christophe Ridley came to brief us on the new Laws and also present our Junior Development Squad their ‘YMO’ Shirts. The day began with a Short Special AGM to update our constitution followed by this season’s red card procedure. Then we had three workshops:
The Tackle by Nick Wickham Advantage by Michael Maple Positioning by Steve Matthews
Just before lunch, our Junior Development Squad had an informal, unique meeting talking to Christophe about his journey as a young referee. An experience that was truly inspiring for them. Whilst our young squad enjoyed their session the other members were taken through safeguarding measures with our Safeguarding Officer Chris Smith. Having our own safeguarding policy has become a necessary development now that we have so many young referees within our membership.