Referee Recognition Week
Monday 22 to Sunday 28 July is Referee Recognition Week and we are asking all Villa teams to do something.
Northern NSW Football (NNSWF) and their Major Partner in Community Football, Newcastle Permanent Building Society (NPBS), are encouraging clubs, players, volunteers and spectators to get involved in the action.
Officiating football matches at any level, can be stressful, intimidating and often a thankless job.
Newcastle Permanent Referee Recognition Week aims to encourage displays of appreciation for the hard work of match officials and to acknowledgement the challenging experiences they sometimes encounter, which unfortunately results in less match officials entering the game.
There are a number of ways to get involved, below are just a few suggestions Clubs have done in previous years:
- Display the supplied posters at the ground and share NNSWF social media;
- Clapping referees onto the pitch at the commencement of each game;
- Providing referees at your ground complimentary meals or drinks
- Have players line up on the field and shake each match officials’ hand (as per a W-LEAGUE/A-LEAGUE match);
- Profile or photograph referees officiating at your ground on social media and use #nnswf and #ThanksRefs;
Villa FC encourages all players, volunteers and spectators to get involved and be creative in their Referee Recognition initiatives to create a more positive environment for match officials across the region going forward.