Developing Resilient Referees
Referee Educator & managing director
Active Football Referee with an off the field story which I use to inspire and improve the lives of referees of all ages and levels.
Managing Director of The Third Team where I support referees by making them aware about all things related to Resilience and Mental Toughness to Enhance their Performance and Improve their Mental Health.
In addition, I work with schools, colleges, universities and in industry communicating similar messages through the vehicle of refereeing.
Mental Health Ambassador and Speaker.
How We Help People Deal With Pressure
We deliver a range of educational sessions to regional, national and international referee bodies, as well as to schools, colleges, universities and businesses.
The Resilience Referee Speaking
The Resilient Referee Workshops
The Resilient Referee Programme
What We Do
In September 2007, the charity Ref Support was founded in response to the recent spike in referee abuse. In the first month it received 70 phone calls to the hotline from all over the country, including cases of assault and threats of violence by fans, players and managers. Other relevant statistics that the Football Association report:
At grassroots level referees were on the receiving end of verbal abuse often with 73,500 cautions for dissent recorded, which was 25% of all yellow cards issued in the 2016/2017 season.
In 2017, there was 111 cases confirmed of referee abuse across the United Kingdom.
In 2018, there was over 7000 active referees, however 200 sadly chose to leave the game.
My job is to help referees deal with challenges and pressures better so that they:
- Stay in their roles longer
- Enjoy refereeing more
- Enhance their performance
- Improve their Mental Health