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Refereeing
Cerebral
Palsy
Football
T
he FA recently launched a
programme to train match
officials to officiate in Cerebral
Palsy football. The programme aims to
identify and train a pool of 25 match
officials, for whom involvement in the
London Paralympic games will become
a real possibility.
The programme certainly captured the
imagination of the refereeing fraternity, as
over 150 applications were received ranging
fromLevel 1 to Level 7 officials; consequently,
competition for places was extremely tough.
Applications were assessed against a person
specification which included criteria relating
to an individual’s experience of refereeing,
experience and awareness of disability and
disability football, communication and
people management skills, fitness levels and
a commitment to officiate within the FA
National Cerebral Palsy Football League.
The programme commenced in November
with a training seminar where officials learnt
about the differences between CP and
mainstream football. The highlight was
undoubtedly an exhibition match between
the East andWest Midlands CP Centre of
Excellence squads, which brought to life the
classroom-based learning.
Armed with a new found knowledge and
passion for Cerebral Palsy football, the
successful referees will now spend one
Saturday a month travelling the country,
officiating in the National Cerebral Palsy
Football League which comprises 8 Regional
Cerebral Palsy Centres of Excellence, with
separate sections for adult and U16 males.
2012 promises to be an exciting year for the
newly formed National Pool of CPMatch
Officials. A number will be appointed to
officiate in Great Britain warm-up international
fixtures, whilst it is likely that CP football will be
included in the ParalympicWorld Cup inMay,
which will give further opportunities for
international appointments.
The Paralympic Games in London commence
on 28th August 2012. They represent a ‘once
in a lifetime’ opportunity for our country, our
athletes and now, our referees. Eleven of the
National Pool will be selected to officiate in
the Paralympic Games, the world’s second
largest sporting event.
Ian Blanchard, FA Senior National GameManager
Referee
County FA
David Davies
Staffordshire
Andy Maperson Staffordshire
John Taylor
Staffordshire
Marc Birkett
Derbyshire
David Keenan
Manchester
Garry Polkey
Cheshire
Scott Henry
Cumberland
Stuart Campbell
North Riding
Barry Polkey
Nottinghamshire
Gareth Etchells
Cheshire
Alex Kirkley
Manchester
Jayne Hart
West Riding
John Hill
Liverpool
Ian Clarke
Liverpool
AdamMaperson Staffordshire
Terry Jeyes
Northamptonshire
TomNield
Norfolk
Hayley Ives
Bedfordshire
Chris Henry
London
KevinWright
Huntingdonshire
Allen Lewis
Devon
James Taylor
Devon
Michael Hall
Somerset
Keith Stroud
Hampshire
Richard Airey
Kent
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Refereeing at The FA
Congratulations to the following officials who have
been selected for the programme:
Referees at the CP League
Southern Conference