Mentors & Volunteers
Backing the Next Generation
offering a helping hand
support and guidance
Being in charge of twenty-two players can be a difficult task at the best of times for just a single person. Then you have to take into account substitutes, club officials and sometimes even supporters.
They all add their own pressures to the game. When you’re that lonely single person, the referee, there’s nothing wrong in asking for a little support and guidance in the form of a Referee Mentor to help you through your development as a match official.
spirit of information-sharing
everyone can benefit
Most mentoring takes place on an informal basis and more experienced referees are willing to share information, ideas and advice at society meetings, grounds or even by telephone. There is sometimes a need, however, for more structured schemes, particularly for new referees.
Any referee can apply to have a Mentor, and it could be argued every match official should have one in some shape or form. You can even be a Mentor as well as being mentored as the spirit of sharing information and experience is the main key to the scheme - that includes referees seeking promotion.
the senior levels
People progressing to more senior levels of the game are often ‘taken under the wing’ of someone who is officiating, or who has officiated, at higher rungs on the ‘refereeing ladder’ to provide such assistance.
Newly-qualified referees invariably find the mentoring scheme particularly helpful. Every registered Essex referee registered, however, is welcome to benefit you should contact us if you would like a Mentor appointed to help you.