A new referee group, Southern Tablelands Referees (STR) will be officiating the Southern Tablelands Football Association competitions.
The referee group has been set up to support and provide referees to the STFA matches whose clubs include Goulburn Workers/Easts, Goulburn Stags, Exeter SC, Wollondilly Soldiers, Marulan SC, Crookwell SC, MBK United SC, Mittagong SC, Moss Vale SC, St Peter & Paul FC, Hill Top SC, Goulburn Strikers, Yerrinbool-Bargo Soccer Club and Trinity.
The referee group will work alongside Southern Tablelands Football Association to supply referees.
Football NSW is also working closely with the referee group to provide education and training, as well as assist with recruitment of new referees across all age groups.
“We’ve already seen a great level of interest and referees joining the branch,” said Football NSW’S Community Football Referees Coordinator Emma Kocbek.
“Kris (Griffiths-Jones) and I will be assisting in person with running courses, match day coaching and education sessions as soon restrictions allow us to travel to the district.”
Referee registrations in the region have been static over recent years but the signs are clear that there has been a dramatic increase in people picking up the whistle and joining the new group.
“We’re very excited to see such great interest in the new Southern Tablelands Referees group with 12 new registrations already,” said Southern Tablelands Referees Coordinator Leon Lincoln.
“The STR are pleased to welcome former Hills District referee coordinator Nick Ritchie to the team, who brings so much knowledge and experience to the Southern Tablelands.”
Nick Ritchie is a qualified referee assessor and instructor, as well as a referee himself having officiated at a local level though to the Football NSW NPL competitions. He will be an incredible addition to STR as they continue to grow and develop.
The new referees group will be wearing Kappa uniforms, the same gear worn by match officials on the Football NSW Youth National Premier League competitions.
Any existing referees who are interested in joining the STR can enquire via email: firstname.lastname@example.org