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Essex FA alongside the FA Refereeing team are aiming to increase diversity in the referee workforce

A bursary programme is being offered to historically underrepresented ethnic communities to take up the whistle

In order to support football being truly a game For All, Essex County FA are working in partnership with FA Refereeing to offer bursaries for an FA Referees Course, for historically underrepresented ethnic communities.

The bursary is being offered to historically underrepresented ethnic communities (Black, Asian and Mixed Heritage populations) to increase the diversity of the refereeing workforce in Essex, aligned with the new FA Refereeing Strategy.

With this aim in mind, the FA Referees Course Bursary allows us to offer the course for £40, reduced from £135 per learnerThe FA Referees course equips new referees with the knowledge and key skills that will be needed to safely referee grassroots football matches. The course is available for people aged 14 and over who want to referee mini-soccer, 9 v 9 and/or 11 v 11 games.

There are many benefits to becoming a referee:

  • Match payments
  • Opportunities to meet new people
  • Clear progression pathways
  • Building confidence and communication
  • Staying active and getting outdoors

The course will be taking place across two days in November at Barking Rugby Club. There are limited spaces for the course, so if you’re interested please make sure to register your interest. Should you be successful, our Refereeing Department will be in contact with you. Should you have any questions, please email


Course Details

Venue - Barking Rugby Club, RM9 4XT
Session One – Thursday 9th November: 6pm – 9pm
Session Two – Sunday 12th November: 9am – 5pm

FA Referee Course for underrepresented ethnic communities

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