Vacancy - Referee Development Officer

East Riding FA is recruiting

East Riding County FA is looking to recruit a dynamic, self-motivated team member to work with the network and partners across the county to increase football participation for all.

POST TITLE: Referee Development Officer

LOCATION / BASE: Roy West Centre, 220 Inglemire Lane, Hull. HU7 6TS

HOURS OF WORK: 17.5 hours per week including weekends / evening work as required.

SALARY: £12,000 per annum

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, dynamic and committed individual to join East Riding County FA to train, support, develop and manage East Riding FA Registered Referees.

East Riding County FA brings together a strong network of grassroots football members with the mission to create and enhance opportunities for everyone to find fulfilment within football.

Our values, in line with the FA are; progressive to embrace new thinking in pursuit of continuous improvement; respectful to set the standards for behaviours across the game; inclusive to ensure that football is and will remain a game for everyone; determined to serve the whole game and doing the right thing; excellent to achieve the very best outcome by sustained excellence performance.

We are looking for a team player who can lead from the front, to work closely with the Designated Safeguarding Officer to implement the East Riding County FA Operational Plan which contributes to the FA National Game Strategy and East Riding County FA’s Business Plan. Providing leadership skills and direction to key stakeholders and partners the post-holder will be responsible for, and stretch across, three key themes namely:

  • To support delivery of The FA National Game Strategy, FA Referee Strategy and the East Riding CFA Business Strategy.
  • Lead and develop the Referee section of the East Riding FA Operational plan
  • Manage recruitment and development programmes for Referees that maximize coverage of affiliated League & Cup Fixtures
  • Develop inclusive recruitment strategies for Referees that increases the proportion of BAME & Female Referees
  • To contribute to the effective implementation of The FA’s Safeguarding Operating Standard for County FAs.
  • To support the adoption of FA technology systems across grassroots football.
  • To comply with FA rules, regulations, policies, procedures and guidance that are in place.

You will be highly motivated, have a proven track record and experience of refereeing and/or Referee/Sports Development with excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to motivate and enthuse others and demonstrate a real understanding of current issues facing the referee workforce and increase, maintain and support the number of match officials in the county.

The East Riding County FA is committed to safeguarding children and adults at risk. Due to the nature of this role, the successful candidate will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check through The FA DBS process. The possession of a criminal record will not necessarily prevent an applicant from obtaining this post, as all cases are judged individually according to the nature of the role and information provided.

For an informal chat about the post please contact Steve Lazenby (Designated Safeguarding Officer) on 07795690491 or email

Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification to complete and return your CV, with a covering letter detailing why you are suitable for the role to

Closing date: 19th September 2021

Interviews: 29th September 2021

Job description and personal specification