The main aims of the association are to:
* encourage all registered referees to become members
* improve the status and standard of referees
* protect members from injustice and unfair treatment whilst refereeing
* assist and take action, legal or otherwise, on behalf of any member who has been unfairly treated
* promote the interests of referees in general
Each society/branch holds a monthly meeting during the season. At these meetings you will gain the experience and advice from Premier League and senior referees, with the opportunity to discuss any problems which may have arisen during your matches. In-service training sessions led by FA-registered tutors are also held in order to improve and update your knowledge of the laws of the game and to help you progress to a higher level.
The average annual membership fee to join the association varies from £25-30, with a reduced fee for those under 18 years of age. This includes membership of the national Referees Association, the Essex County Referees Association, the local society/branch and personal accident insurance whilst officiating, travelling to a match, attending meetings and loss of kit or personal clothing.
All referees joining their local referees society/branch for the first time will have free membership of the Referees Association during their first season of membership and will only have to pay the insurance premium of £4 in order to be registered as members. In some cases, this premium is paid by the local referees branch once you have attended their meetings.
The Football Association and the Essex County FA strongly recommend that, if you wish to progress in your refereeing, it is essential that you become a member of the Referees Association. Further details of the benefits of being a member can be obtained from the RA website at www.the-ra.org or from the secretary of your local referees society/branch as shown below.
Brian Challis (email@example.com)
President of the Essex County Referees Association
Essex County Referees' Association - Societies 2015/16
Barking & Dagenham (www.bdrefsociety.wix.com/bdrs): Secretary: Jamie Wood, 163 Lynton Avenue, Collier Row, Romford, RM7 8NA. Tel: (01708) 741499 or (07449) 799984, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Meeting Venue: Dagenham & Redbridge FC, Victoria Road, Dagenham. Meeting Dates: First and third Thursday in each month at 8:00pm from August to May.
Basildon (www.basildonra.co.uk): Secretary: Peter Cubley, 21 Douglas Drive, Wickford, SS12 9HU. Tel: (01268) 570159, E-Mail: email@example.com. Meeting Venue: Basildon Sport & Leisure Club, Gardiners Way, Gardiners Lane South, Basildon. Meeting Dates: Third Thursday in each month at 7:30pm from August to May.
Chelmsford (www.chelmsfordreferees.co.uk): Secretary: Paul Reilly, 29 St Nazaire Road, Chelmsford, CM1 2EG. Tel: (01245) 344320 or (07805) 066482, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Meeting Venue: Old Chelmsfordians FC, Roxwell Road, Chelmsford. Meeting Dates: Fourth Thursday of each month at 7:30pm.
Colchester: Secretary: Wendy Townsend, 12 Alexandra Road, Weeley Village, Weeley, CO16 9HS. Tel: (07810) 805414, E-Mail: email@example.com. Meeting Venue: Stanway Rovers FC, The Hawthorns, New Farm Road, Stanway, Colchester. Meeting Dates: Second Thursday in each month between September and April, and third Thursday in May only at 7:45pm.
Halstead & District: Secretary: Joe Wrigley, Tel: (01787) 238212 or (07450) 027148, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Meeting Venue: Black Notley Village Hall, Faulkbourne Road, Black Notley, Braintree. Meeting Dates: Fourth Thursday in each month at 7:30pm.
Harlow (www.harlowreferees.co.uk): Secretary: Steve Gleeson, 95 The Hoo, Old Harlow, CM17 OHR. Tel: (01279) 304562 or (07729) 524405, E-Mail: email@example.com. Meeting Venue: Harlow Town Cricket Club, Ashtree Field, Harlow. Meeting Dates: Second Monday in each month at 8:00pm from August.
Southend: Secretary: Ray Parmenter, 82 Victor Gardens, Hawkwell, Hockley, SS5 4DS. Tel: (01702) 202041 or (07854) 350235, E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Meeting Venue: Len Forge Centre, Eastwoodbury Lane, Southend-on-Sea. Meeting Dates: First Thursday in each month (except for August and January, when there is no meeting) at 7:30pm.
Thurrock (www.thurrockreferee.co.uk): Secretary: Graham Monk, 19 Fleethall Grove, Stifford Clays, Grays, RM16 2DZ. Tel: (01375) 400819 or (07932) 622914, E-Mail: email@example.com. Meeting Venue: Lakeside Complex, Arterial Road, West Thurrock (A1306). Meeting Dates: Third Monday of each month at 8:00pm from August to May.
Please Note: Any referee wishing to attend any of the above society meetings should firstly contact the secretary of that society before travelling as dates and venues are subject to alteration.