Elite Referee Development Programme

The Elite Referee Development Programme is a joint programme run by the University of Bedfordshire and Bedfordshire FA. We are looking to identify active referees wishing to continue their studies that are committed and have the potential to progress through the referee pyramid. The successful applicants will be operating within an Academy type structure within their Parent County FA already or show the desire to operate within one.

This Programme allows you to continue with your studies as well as become an Athlete within Refereeing. The University of Bedfordshire and Bedfordshire FA are committed to supply the following:

  • Free Gym Membership (University Campus)
  • Academic support and mitigating circumstances consideration
  • Sports Science support
  • Sport Psychology Support
  • Access to Bursary grant process (subject to approval, not always relevant)
  • Free Registration to Bedfordshire FA
  • Free Registration to Bedfordshire RA
  • Bedfordshire FA training kit
  • Development through Bedfordshire FA Academy/Development Group

    The Criteria you must meet is as follows:
  • Be an active referee
  • Be applying for a course within the UOB Faculty of Education and Sport
  • Show desire to referee within the Professional Game
  • Be involved in an Academy structure* or have progressed beyond this stage
  • Pass a fitness assessment**
  • Attend and pass an interview***
  • Act as an ambassador for the University
  • Be available for any research within the University at their request

    *or show the desire to be involved in an Academy structure
    ** For more details on this contact Dan Robathan on the email below
    *** At the start of the University term

If you would like to discuss this further or you would like more information, please contact Louis Marks on 07525592200 or Louis.Marks@BedfordshireFA.com


Applications must be received by 3rd October 2014 and successful candidates will be invited to an interview. Please note that due to limited places, not every application will be successful.

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