RA-FA Youth Council

Our Mission

The RA-FA Youth Council are a group of 11 young people working to support young referees across the country, by delivering effective programmes to develop and sustain the Youth Council workforce.

“The RA-FA Youth Council is a representative consultation body that is a voice for young referees on all matters relative to match officials.”

The RA-FA Youth Council delivers a number of key programmes that successfully support Youth Councils and young people.

Our History

  • July 2012 – Formation of RA-FA Youth Council with special guests David Bernstein (ex-FA Chairman) and David Elleray (FA Referees’ Committee Chairman & RA President)
  • September 2012 – Launch of Inspired Fund to support young people fund and access Basic Referee Courses
  • July 2013 – Inaugural RA-FA Youth Council Friday events took place at RA Conference 2013. 90 young people took part in afternoon training and development sessions and a social and entertainment evening
  • October 2013 – Launch of University Hub Scheme in partnership with BUCS
  • July 2014 – Second successful RA-FA Youth Council training events at RA Conference 2014, at St George’s Park, with a World Cup themed dinner offering training opportunities
  • September 2014 – Implementation of 8 Regional Representatives to provide one-to-one support to all County FA Youth Councils across the country
  • October 2014 – Launch of the RA-FA Youth Council Referee Development Fund that gives funding opportunities to Youth Councils and County FAs for referee development initiatives
  • March 2015 – Delivery of 8 Regional Seminars to support Youth Councils across the country, providing up to date support and CPD sessions for the Youth Council volunteer workforce
  • May 2015 – 50 of the country’s Youth Council workforce attend the first National County FA Youth Council Conference, with a day full of exciting development sessions and networking opportunities
  • May 2015 – First ever training and development event at the RA Eve of Final Rally 2015, facilitated and hosted by the RA-FA Youth Council
  • June 2015 – £3000 of investment made into Youth Councils through Referee Development Fund
  • July 2015 – Growing audience at the RA-FA Youth Council Friday events at RA Conference 2015 – with a ‘Secret Agent’ themed event focusing on making your refereeing mission possible
  • August 2015 – 2 RA-FA Youth Council members (Will Finnie and Tom Bowkett) co-opted on to The RA Board
  • September 2015 – Launch of the RA-FA Youth Council website
  • July 2016 – Alex Bradley (Sussex) recieves first Joel Richards Young Volunteer of the Year award
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